Waste wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture up­grade now fin­ished

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE health and well-be­ing of the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment around Gayndah will im­prove thanks to a Gayndah Waste Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant up­grade.

The funds, to­talling $200,000, were sourced from the State Gov­ern­ment Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Grants and Sub­si­dies Pro­gram.

Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der Part­ner­ships Min­is­ter Mark Furner said this project would have far reach­ing ben­e­fits for the com­mu­nity.

“The up­graded plant now meets im­por­tant En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage Pro­tec­tion li­cence con­di­tions to be­come a mod­ern, en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly waste wa­ter treat­ment fa­cil­ity,” Mr Furner said.

“Green­house gas emis­sions will be negated, while the coun­cil’s on­go­ing op­er­a­tional costs are re­duced through re­cy­cling ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture.”

Mr Furner said com­pli­ance with the EHP li­cence re­quire­ments meant the treated wast wa­ter could be used for ir­ri­ga­tion and dust sup­pres­sion.

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil mayor Rachel Cham­bers agreed the project was a clear win for the en­tire com­mu­nity.

“The up­grade was cer­tainly nec­es­sary to im­prove and ex­tend the life of an im­por­tant piece of in­fra­struc­ture,” Cr Cham­bers said.

“The spin off of hav­ing a re­duc­tion in op­er­a­tional costs as well as the abil­ity to safely re-use the treated waste wa­ter will have an im­pact on the en­tire com­mu­nity.

“I know the Gayndah Golf Club, which is an im­por­tant so­cial hub, will ben­e­fit greatly from be­ing able to use the treated waste wa­ter for ir­ri­ga­tion.”

The grants and sub­si­dies pro­gram sup­ports lo­cal gov­ern­ments to de­liver in­fra­struc­ture which is de­signed to cre­ate jobs and con­trib­ute to build­ing safe, car­ing and con­nected com­mu­ni­ties.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

UP­GRADED: The Gayndah Sew­er­age Treat­ment Plan will be­come a mod­ern, en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly fa­cil­ity.

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