The official launch of the community consultations phase of the Australia funded water and wastewater project was held yesterday, attended by village councils, government agencies, an event co-hosted by the government and the Australian high commissioner.
Australia’s High Commissioner to Niue Louise Ellerton said “Australia is committed to supporting Niue to achieve its aim of access to 24-hour water supply and safe potable water. We know that clean, safe and reliable water matters to every household and business. That is why Australia is working with the Government to modernise and strengthen water and wastewater infrastructure.”
Louise Ellerton said that the consultation part of the project is critical to understanding the needs of key user groups such as women, the elderly and people with a disability.
From 17 – 31 July 2023, a team of water specialists and engineers will visit Niue.
High commissioner Ellerton said that she encourages stakeholders to participate in the consultations process to provide valuable feedback which will shape their support to the water wastewater sectors.
Minister of Infrastructure Crossley Tatui said that the Government and People of Niue are grateful to Australia for their continuous support to the water sector development over many years.
The emphasis on water and wastewater management is vital for many aspects of society, including the improvement of health standards, population well-being, and environment.
Minister Tatui called on community leaders to participate in the dialogue and consider the accrued benefits for today’s and our future generations.
A technical design is currently underway led by GHD.
“GHD Group Pty Ltd is an Australian global multinational technical professional services firm providing advisory on large scale projects including architecture and design, energy and resources, environmental, geosciences, project management, transportation and water services.”
Director of Utilities Clinton Chapman said that it is anticipated the project will likely include replacement and rehabilitation of critical water infrastructure such as tanks, pipes and pumps and a wastewater treatment facility.
The design will integrate climate and disaster resilience as a key consideration.