Cairns Regional Council has greenlit a new $1.4 million pump station in Portsmith and a Rainy Mountain Park pump station upgrade.

Both pump stations are more than 30 years old, and have been identified for renewal to meet existing and future sewage loads in their respective catchments.

The Portsmith Pump Station, currently on Buchan Street, will be relocated to a safer location across the street which will improve operator safety, ongoing costs and reliability of the asset. 

The total project cost is $1.16 million.

The Rainy Mountain Park Pump Station requires an upgrade to address the deterioration of structures, provide better capacity and flood immunity, as well as to improve safety concerns. The upgrade will cost $830,500.

Work on both projects is scheduled for completion in June 2021.

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