Wastewater tanks an ‘eyesore’
Mt Perry residents concerned new facility will soil pristine outlook of town centre
A NEW wastewater treatment facility is almost complete in Mt Perry and residents are not happy with its placement.
Local man Nigel French said the community was not made aware of the new development in the heart of town until water tanks were installed last week.
“It is situated on the corner of our main street (Huesman) and the approach road to the council caravan park,” he said.
“Council also owns a very large block of land nearby fronting our main street and this will be where sub surface pipes will be laid effectively making this piece of prime land a transpiration area.
“Our lovely Cultural Centre is situated on the opposite corner to the wastewater tanks on the approach to the caravan park. What an eyesore in the heart of our historic town.”
North Burnett Mayor Don Waugh said the new facility had been in the pipeline for some time and would replace five existing small facilities around the area.
“This project has been 12 months in the making and will be complete very soon,” he said.
“The effluent coming from the facility is of A Level, meaning it will not have any smell or contamination. It is all underground and is treated to a safe degree.
“The only visibility is two tanks and we plan to plant hedges and trees around this area to make it more of an attractive site.”
Cr Waugh said he was made aware of community concerns last week and would be holding a meeting tomorrow to further address the issue.
“Maybe we could have done a better job at consulting the community about these plans,” he said. “It is something that I definitely plan to take on board so this type of situation does not occur again.”
Mr French said the site had long been targeted by the Heritage and Tourist Association for an artistically designed monument depicting the town’s local history.
“A lot of people are concerned about this. The waste will make the land moist and it will be an eyesore,” he said.
“We cannot allow this installation to remain where it is and we intend to take every possible action we can to stop further work.”
RESIDENTS UNHAPPY: The transpiration area looking from the main road up to the miners camp behind this land.
Two holding tanks which will contain the treated water ready to be sent to the sub-surface irrigation pipes. These are sited on the left side of the transpiration area.