Mackay Regional Council has awarded a $25 million tender to Transfield SKM Joint Venture for the construction of a new water recycling facility in Sarina.

Water and wastewater portfolio councillor Frank Gilbert said the existing sewerage treatment plant is over 40 years old and in much need of replacement.

“The existing facility has reached its life expectancy, with out of date treatment technology being a major contributing factor for the need for replacement.”

“Major growth in the area is also another major contributor, with the new facility designed to treat twice the current population.”

Cr Gilbert said the new plant will be located at a new site situated about 4 kilometres away from the township.

“The new location, off Smyth Road,  is much further out of town than the existing site, reducing the impact of the facility on the community.”

Cr Gilbert said that detailed design work will commence immediately with some preliminary earthworks expected at the site before Christmas, weather permitting.

“Residents should see some movement at the site prior to Christmas as long as the weather stays fine.”

A separate tender totalling $3.5 million was recently awarded to G&MA Lemura Contracting for the construction of a major sewerage pump station and rising main in Sarina to pump the sewage to the new facility.

Cr Gilbert said the tender for the associated infrastructure represented an approximate cost saving of $5 million from the estimated cost provided within council’s Long Term Financial Forecast.  This project is expected to be complete in February 2014.

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