Infrastructure upgrades to boost water and sewerage reliability

Burdekin Shire Council’s 2018/19 Budget will deliver $3.3 million of works to improve the reliability of water and waste water networks across the Shire.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said in the 2018/19 financial year, upgrades to water infrastructure would boost continuity of day-to-day supply to connected properties.

“Council will spend $80,000 to replace the water main in Adelaide Street, Ayr between Edward Street and Norham Road and $65,000 to replace the water main in Darwin Street, Ayr,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“These works will go a long way towards improving the reliability of the water supply for residents living in the affected areas.”

Another $40,000 has been allocated to replace the switchboard at the Mount Kelly break tank.

Cr McLaughlin said the upgrade would provide connected Mount Kelly households with improved reliability of water supply and the addition of a generator socket in the new switchboard would also boost the resilience of the supply during disasters.

“Importantly, if the power goes out, we will have the ability to continue to pump water for the use of residents,” Cr McLaughlin said.

Sewerage networks will also benefit from planned upgrades in 2018/19.

“The 2018/19 Budget includes $1.5 million to reline aging sewerage pipes and rehabilitate man holes across the Shire,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Council will spend another $545,950 replacing the aging switchboard in the Home Hill Water Tower with the assistance of grant funding from the Queensland Government through its Local Government Grants Infrastructure Program,” Cr McLaughlin said.

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