A plumbing and civil construction company has been awarded a $2.6 million contract to upgrade 42 sewage pump stations across the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland.

Roebuck Civil has been awarded the contract for the upgrades, which will improve the resilience and reliability of the pump stations and provide greater accessibility during emergency events.

Queensland Infrastructure and Services Committee chair Cr Karen May said, “There are more than 200 sewage pump stations throughout our region varying in capacity, age and design.

“The project identifies 42 pump stations that require upgrades to the power supply and switchboards, wet well and vent pole rehabilitations, and access improvements.

“Although not part of this tender, council will install smart sensors in the sewer system in the near future to allow for real time sewer flow monitoring, improving the ability to respond to network issues in a much quicker time frame.”

The upgraded pump stations will also improve operational safety and efficiency, and ensure that legislative compliance requirements are being met.

The project was allocated $2.24 million under the first round of the Queensland Government’s Building our Regions funding program on an equal contribution basis.

Queensland Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham said the government was proud to support Mackay Regional Council in this critical infrastructure upgrade.

“Much-needed jobs are already flowing from this and other Building our Regions projects,” Dr Lynham said.

“The regions are the backbone of our economy and we are committed to strengthening regional communities through job creating critical infrastructure such as this.”

Works are expected to commence in September 2016.

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