Plan to wash away weeds

May­ors at­tend launch of $700,000 fa­cil­ity

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE lat­est $700,000 weapon in the fight against weeds was opened in Eidsvold with much fan­fare.

Parthe­nium weed alone is a ma­jor prob­lem in Queens­land, cost­ing pri­mary pro­duc­ers more than $22 mil­lion a year in re­duced pro­duc­tion and in­creased man­age­ment costs.

Banana Mayor Ron Carige, South Bur­nett Mayor Wayne Kratz­mann and Bund­aberg Mayor Mal For­man trav­elled to the North Bur­nett to in­spect and to show sup­port for this Queens­land Gas Com­pany funded wash­down bay.

Be­fore cut­ting the rib­bon and declar­ing the fa­cil­ity open, North Bur­nett Mayor Don Waugh thanked QGC’s Brett Smith for his abil­ity to work with the coun­cil and pro­vide the fund­ing for the project – $100,000 for de­sign and $600,000 for con­struc­tion.

“I just can’t find the words to ex­press my grat­i­tude to QGC for the con­tri­bu­tion they have made to this much needed fa­cil­ity,” Cr Waugh said.

“Ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween NBRC’s man­ager of tech­ni­cal ser­vices Trevor Har­vey and Mr Smith were noth­ing short of fan­tas­tic.”

Ex­plain­ing how the wa­ter was cleaned and dis­trib­uted into an evap­o­ra­tion area, Mr Har­vey said: “The wash­down fa­cil­ity is de­signed to pro­vide a wa­ter ef­fi­cient, low main­te­nance, straight­for­ward place for all ve­hi­cles to re­move mud, dirt and, most im­por­tantly, un­wanted plants and seeds.”

Any­one can use the high pres­sure wash­down, which costs $2 for eight min­utes, and com­pa­nies can pur­chase a key tag and their us­age will be com­bined and in­voiced.


WEED SO­LU­TION: QGC’s Brett Smith, Mal For­man, Wayne Kratz­mann, Don Waugh and Ron Carige at the open­ing of the wash­down bay.

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