NEW FUNDING: Jeff Seeney, Deb Frecklington, Wayne Kratzmann and South Burnett Regional Council's Russell Hood at the treatment plant.
NEW FUNDING: Jeff Seeney, Deb Frecklington, Wayne Kratzmann and South Burnett Regional Council's Russell Hood at the treatment plant. Louise Cheer

$10m for Kingaroy wastewater plant

THE South Burnett Regional Council has received $10 million for the upgrade of Kingaroy's wastewater treatment plant.

Acting Premier Jeff Seeney flew into town today to announce the Royalties for Regions funding.

South Burnett Mayor Wayne Kratzmann has welcomed the funding.

He said there was no way the council would have been able to solely fund the upgrade without the State Government's help.

"When we got the quotes originally...(of $26 million) we put up the white flag and went to (Jeff Seeney) and (Nanango MP) Deb Frecklington and...said there's no way we can do it," Cr Kratzmann said.

"This (upgrade) needs to be done. Parts of this is 70 years old, we've got compliance issues.

"I am just completely overwhelmed."

Mr Seeney congratulated Nanango MP Deb Frecklington on her push for the funding.

Ms Frecklington said the upgrade was "very much needed".

"It's just fantastic for the region and I just really want to thank the (acting) premier and the mayor," Ms Frecklington said.

Work on the Kingaroy Wastewater Treatment Plant is expected to begin in mid-2014.

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