Waste­water tanks an ‘eye­sore’

Mt Perry res­i­dents con­cerned new fa­cil­ity will soil pris­tine out­look of town cen­tre

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News - By ASH­LEY CLARK

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.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

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.

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