Council welcomes State funds for new switchboards

The Burdekin Shire Council has welcomed a $952,000 grant from the State Government’s Building Our Regions fund.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the grant would help Council upgrade the ageing sewerage network switchboards.

“Council will have to contribute $1.43 million toward the project which will provide our community with a more cost efficient, effective and integrated sewerage network,” she said.

“Our current sewerage network switchboards, which are 40-45 years old, are nearing the end of their reliable service life and need to be replaced to prevent any sewage outflows.

“Council is required to upgrade 26 sewage pump stations in Ayr, Brandon and Home Hill and this renewal project will lessen the possibility of overflows due to the remote control and monitoring of the pump stations.

“It is estimated that replacing the ageing switchboards could increase energy efficiency by 33 per cent – saving Council, and our ratepayers, money.”

Cr McLaughlin thanked the State Government for the funding grant and acknowledged that programs such as Building Our Regions were crucial to assisting regional councils.

“This funding will ensure our sewerage infrastructure is running efficiently and can cater for future expansion of our region,” she said.

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