ONCE again, Bathurst has missed out on an opportunity to use water from Oberon Dam to support its own water supply.
Earlier this year, Bathurst Regional Council applied to the NSW Government to purchase a water allocation from Oberon Dam, prepared to spend around $4 million to give the city an extra six months of water.
Council has been advised the request has been denied, due to "the importance of the Fish River Scheme to parts of Greater Sydney's water supply system".
Councillor Jess Jennings branded the decision "offensive", given Bathurst farmers produce food that helps feed people in Sydney.
This is the second time that council has attempted and failed to get an allocation from Oberon Dam.
Council's general manager David Sherley hasn't ruled out a third attempt.
"We will continue to discuss the mater with the government, in particularly having regard to rainfall patterns over the winter," he said.