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Unitywater has announced that works on its new wastewater network, servicing the city of Waraba, will begin in May 2024.

The network is set to provide essential services to over half of the 70,000 people who will call the new city of Waraba (formerly Caboolture West) home over the next 40 years.

The first stage of wastewater network construction is set to deliver a new wastewater pumping station with a flow capacity of approximately 195L/s at a pressure of 3,500kPa, 4km of wastewater rising main and seven odour control units.

The network is also expected to see water and wastewater infrastructure delivered in partnership between Unitywater and six private development companies before late 2025.

Unitywater’s Executive Manager, Mike Basterfield, said that the utility’s component of this work is part of its $1.8 billion investment over the next five years in water and wastewater infrastructure to shape healthy and thriving communities.

“Positioned under the ground, water and wastewater networks aren’t often front of mind but they are essential to protecting public health, enabling economic growth and ensuring environmental sustainability.

“By working together with land developers and government to connect Waraba to our existing networks, we can sequence construction of these underpinning essentials for maximum efficiency, allowing the more visible aspects of a new land development to then begin taking shape.

“We’re pleased to have been able to engage a local delivery partner, creating more than 70 new jobs during construction.”   

Unitywater’s construction delivery partners are Killard Infrastructure and Tallai Project Group.

Killard’s Managing Director, Jerry Daly, said that the team is excited to work on the project for the Moreton Bay region.

“Many of our team will be local and it’s always special to know that we’re helping deliver infrastructure in our area, which our children or future neighbours will benefit from.” 

‘NDP1’ is the first approved stage of development in Waraba and will deliver 2,500 homes. In March, construction commenced on the first of the new housing developments in NDP1, ‘Lilywood Landings’ by Lennium Group.

The remaining lots in the precinct will primarily be delivered by Orchard Property Group, Baycrown, Avid Property Group and Stockland.

Unitywater said that the connecting wastewater infrastructure unlocks the delivery of not only the homes in NDP1, but also underpins the ultimate network that will service approximately 30,000 homes in the wider Waraba area.

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