Ten year fight for facility

FIGHTING DIRTY: Cherbourg Deputy Mayor Elvie Sandow said the community had been fighting for more than a decade for a new waste-water treatment facility.
FIGHTING DIRTY: Cherbourg Deputy Mayor Elvie Sandow said the community had been fighting for more than a decade for a new waste-water treatment facility. Katherine Morris

RESIDENTS of Cherbourg have been calling for a new waste-water treatment plant for more than a decade. Now there is an end in sight with the State Government starting work on a new $15million treatment plant earlier this month.

Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council Deputy Mayor Elive Sandow said the existing facility, which is 60 years old, could not keep up with the new housing and infrastructure being built in the town.

She said there was new commercial space being built for offices for different organisations that work within the community as well as new housing.

"Council was fighting for 10 years for a new one or for an upgrade,” Cr Sandow said.

"You have different governments that come into power and one tells you there is funding and then the next takes it away. It's frustrating.

"The first thing is that you see and smell it as you come into town. Now it will be away from town up on the hill.”

Cr Sandow said the water being treated at the existing plant leaked into the creek which is where the community gets its drinking water.

"The community is very happy it's finally happening,” she said.

Cr Sandow said construction on the new plant would also bring jobs for the community.

She said her next goal was for a better water treatment plant for the drinking water.

"I hope it doesn't take another 10 years but it's what we need next,” she said.

Cherbourg Mayor Arnold Murray said the council had been working with the Queensland Government to identify the best sustainable water treatment solutions.

"The start of this project is great news for residents and we're also ensuring that training is in place for the long-term operation and maintenance of the facilities,” Cr Murray said.

Stage one of the waste-water infrastructure project began with earthworks for a series of ponds on a site away from the township entrance and homes.

Stage two will commence next month and includes new pump stations infrastructure and irrigation systems to provide water source options for agriculture.

The new plant should be finished by May next year.

Minister for Local Government Mark Furner said the new infrastructure would ensure the Cherbourg community will have a low-maintenance and long-lasting waste-water solution.

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