Christmas comes early with receipt of more than $1m in funding

Christmas has come early for the Burdekin Shire Council with more than $1 million in State Government funds being granted.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the two grants – $702,000 for refurbishment works at the Ayr Swimming Pool and $308,037.50 for upgrading the switchboard at the South Ayr Water Treatment Plant – were a welcome Christmas gift.

“Council is matching the project funding to upgrade this ageing infrastructure,” she said.

“The Ayr Swimming Pool was designed back in 1958 and was constructed soon after, so the infrastructure, such as pipes, is in dire need of updating.

“These works, as well as a new pump and filtration system, will ensure an appropriate and efficient circulation of chlorinated water is provided for swimmers and also help Council conserve water.”

Cr McLaughlin said the South Ayr Water Treatment Plant Switchboard was 51 years old and the Nelsons Lagoon Pumping Station was commissioned about 30 years ago.

“The age of this equipment makes it difficult to repair using today’s technology,” she said.

“The new switchboard and associated infrastructure will provide an up-to-date, reliable treatment plant with remote control operation.

“This will enable Council officers to quickly respond to any issues as they arise and ensure our residents have a reliable supply of water.”

The Ayr Swimming Pool refurbishment grant was received from the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program and the South Ayr Water Treatment Plan Switchboard Upgrade funding was received from the Community Resilience Fund.

“I thank the State Government for these funding opportunities as they lessen the financial burden on our ratepayers and enable Council to proceed more quickly with essential projects,” she said.

“Smaller shires such as the Burdekin welcome the opportunity to work in partnership with the Queensland Government departments.”

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