Bega MP Andrew Constance says he has passed on claims that gas pipes may have been used in Batemans Bay’s water supply to the head of the NSW Treasury.
Moruya resident Damien Rogers claims Eurobodalla Shire Council may have used gas pipes for 30 kilometres of water mains in the north of the shire in recent years.
Mr Constance said on March 23 that he had spoken to Treasury officials.
“I have spoken to the head of Treasury regarding the allegations and they are now looking into what has occurred,” he said.
“I want openness and transparency on this, (but) this is not by any means a full inquiry, (as) Mr Rogers is saying.”
However, Mr Rogers accused Mr Constance of a backflip.
“Minister Constance confirmed he would have a full inquiry,” he said.
Mr Rogers said Mr Constance had passed details to Treasury last month, but an answer had not yet been provided.
Yesterday, a Eurobodalla Shire Council spokesman said council had followed correct procedures.
“The pipeline was specifically designed for water,” he said.
“It was assessed by the Water Services Asso-ciation of Australia, who approved it.”
The spokesman said the council would provide NSW Treasury with details.
“We are 100 per cent confident that we went through the correct procedures when undertaking the project,” the spokesman said.
“Council staff even visited the manufacturer to inspect the pipe lining.”
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