Burdekin Shire Council will spend $3.5 million on sewerage and water projects, with major works set to improve water supply networks across the Shire.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Council had allocated $175,000 to boost water supply continuity for the township of Giru and outlying areas.
This commitment will complement $350,000 of funds already allocated by Council from the State Government Works for Queensland program.
Cr McLaughlin said when completed, the Giru water supply network would operate with improved redundancy measures to ensure continuity of water supply during disasters and floods, as well as during required maintenance works.
“The works will increase on-site water storage capacity but also include the installation of an emergency power generator, a new switchboard and variable speed drive pressure pumps. These pumps provide pressurised water supply to the township when the elevated water tower is offline for maintenance,” she said.
Cr McLaughlin said residents of Mount Kelly would also benefit from improved continuity of supply, with $300,000 set aside to replace 1350 metres of the existing water delivery main to the Mount Kelly water storage reservoir.
“A heavier duty main will replace the existing thin walled PVC main and improve continuity of supply to residents of Mount Kelly,” she said.
Council has also committed to the investigation and detailed design of a sedimentation and filtration treatment system at the South Ayr Water Treatment Plant to combat raw water quality issues with iron and manganese from the Ayr Racecourse borefield.
“The budget commitment will provide Council with a set of detailed plans and estimates with which to go forward and seek funding from the State or Federal Government to commence the necessary infrastructure build,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“By reducing the concentration of iron and manganese in the raw water, historical issues with discoloured water in the townships of Ayr and Brandon will be significantly reduced.”
Another $485,000 will be spent upgrading mechanical and civil infrastructure at the Ayr/Brandon and Home Hill Wastewater Treatment plants.
“These works are evidence of Council’s ongoing commitment to meeting environmental licence conditions and asset management strategies,” Cr McLaughlin said.