Yasmin Catley, Member for Swansea, declared Solo Water’s decision to can plans for a water recycling project a win for Catherine Hill Bay.

“The proposed water recycling project was environmental vandalism, plain and simple,” said Yasmin Catley, Member for Swansea.

“Our community knows the pristine natural coastline and beaches are the star attraction of Catherine Hill Bay.

“This is a huge win for the Catherine Hill Bay community – the proposed water recycling project was a departure from previous plans for the area, and understandably, our community felt like their trust had been betrayed.”

Solo Water applied for a licence variation proposing to discharge recycled water into Catherine Hill Bay waterways. The licence variation application was made to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).

In submissions to IPART, Yasmin Catley, Lake Macquarie City Council and the Environmental Protection Agency all voiced their concerns on the significant negative public health and environmental impacts likely to occur.

“A strong community campaign and overwhelming evidence advising against the proposed changes were crucial in Solo Water withdrawing their application,” said Ms Catley.

“I’m delighted that our coastline and beaches will continue to be protected for the community and visitors alike.”