Plan to wash away weeds
Mayors attend launch of $700,000 facility
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.