Ma­reeba plant a goer

The Cairns Post - - NEWS -

plant has boosted waste­water ca­pac­ity to pro­vide for up to 12,500 peo­ple, al­low­ing the town to grow through new res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ments. It will also al­low for fu­ture ex­pan­sion to up to 16,500 peo­ple and re­duce Ma­reeba Shire Coun­cil’s op­er­a­tional costs.

The qual­ity of ef­flu­ent be­ing re­leased into Two Mile Creek has also been im­proved and the biosolids will now be able to be used as fer­tiliser by lo­cal farm­ers.

MA­REEBA’S $16 mil­lion waste­water treat­ment plant of­fi­cially swung into ac­tion on Sat­ur­day.

State De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Dr An­thony Lyn­ham (right), who was on a trade mis­sion to Canada and un­able to at­tend the of­fi­cial open­ing, said the up­grade had gen­er­ated about 45 jobs dur­ing con­struc­tion.

“The State Gov­ern­ment’s $1.5 mil­lion con­tri­bu­tion has helped cre­ate jobs, pro­vide crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture and im­prove liv­abil­ity,” he said. The up­graded

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