Stage 2 for project
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.
WATER TREATMENT: Mayor Don Waugh and Minister David Crisafulli at Gayndah's new water pump.