Stage 2 for project

Central and North Burnett Times - - WELCOME -

THE $3.87 mil­lion re­lo­ca­tion of Gayn­dah’s wa­ter treat­ment plant, de­scribed as the flag­ship for Queens­land’s dis­as­ter re­silient projects, has en­tered stage two.

Com­mu­nity Re­cov­ery and Re­silience Min­is­ter David Crisa­fulli said the project was the first to be ap­proved un­der the State’s Bet­ter­ment Fund.

“It wasn’t a rig­or­ous as­sess­ment process I can tell you,” Mr Crisa­fulli said.

“The Gayn­dah wa­ter pump had been knocked out twice, but re­built to the same stan­dard, in the same lo­ca­tion, by the pre­vi­ous govern­ment.”

“It was up and run­ning just in time to be knocked out again by the 2013 floods.”

Mr Crisa­fulli said the govern­ment was com­mit­ted to work­ing with coun­cils to en­sure re­cov­ery in record time to record stan­dard.

Flood-mit­i­ga­tion projects, such as the new sub­mersible pump­ing sta­tion and a wa­ter in­take up­stream of Claude Whart on Weir, were a once-in-a-gen­er­a­tion op­por­tu­nity to spend a bit more up­front and get long-term re­sults.

“Rather than go and stand be­side a crum­bling piece of in­fra­struc­ture and cry crocodile tears next time it rains, I’m go­ing to come and stand be­side this,” he said.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

WA­TER TREAT­MENT: Mayor Don Waugh and Min­is­ter David Crisa­fulli at Gayn­dah's new wa­ter pump.

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