WORK has begun on a new $15million waste water treatment plant to improve the health and liveability of Cherbourg residents.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Minister Mark Furner said the new infrastructure will ensure the Cherbourg community would have a low-maintenance and long-lasting waste water solution.
"This new infrastructure, funded by the (State) Government, is specifically designed for the needs of the Cherbourg community and will replace a 60-year-old treatment plant,” Mr Furner said.
"Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council staff will also be provided with the right training to maintain the infrastructure, making it a sustainable long-term solution for the community.”
Mr Furner said functioning health infrastructure was crucial to the liveability of regional communities.
"The (State) Government is delighted to be able to deliver the best outcome for Cherbourg residents,” MrFurner said.
Cherbourg Mayor Arnold Murray said the council had been working with the Queensland Government toidentify 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 Arnold said.
Stage one of the wastewater infrastructure project began with earthworks for a series of ponds on a site away from the township entrance and homes.
Stage two will start in November and includes new pump stations infrastructure and irrigation systems to provide water source options for agriculture.
The new waste water treatment plant is expected to be completed by May 2018.
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