Pipe­lines chewed by Doug

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS -

DOUG the rock reamer is a Ger­man, 2.2 me­tres long, weighs 2.8 tonnes and looks like he be­longs with The Trans­form­ers.

As the first of his kind in Aus­tralia, he is go­ing to chew his way through ex­tremely hard rock un­der­neath Nick­lin Way to help con­struct a new 2.5km sew­er­age pipeline to ser­vice the south­ern end of the Sun­shine Coast.

The pro­ject is one of two new ma­jor sew­er­age pipe­lines Pipeline Drillers is con­struct­ing on be­half of Unitywater.

The other pipeline will be 3.2km from Moun­tain Creek un­der Kawana Way to the Kawana Sewage Treat­ment Plant.

Sun­shine Coast Coun­cil Deputy Mayor Tim Dwyer said it was great to have such an in­no­va­tive pro­ject on the Sun­shine Coast.

“It will im­prove the sew­er­age pipeline for the south­ern part of the re­gion and the in­vest­ment by Unitywater is ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic,” Cr Dwyer said.

“Not only will this im­prove our in­fras­truc­ture, but the in­no­va­tive na­ture of the pro­ject means there’ll be min­i­mal im­pact on the com­mu­nity.”

Unitywater Ex­ec­u­tive Man­ager In­fras­truc­ture Plan­ning and Cap­i­tal De­liv­ery Si­mon Tay­lor said the new pipe­lines will cater for the grow­ing area.

“With new de­vel­op­ments hap­pen­ing and fu­ture pop­u­la­tion growth, we need to en­sure we have the right in­fras­truc­ture in place,” he said.

The two pipe­lines are ex­pected to be com­pleted in Jan­uary.

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