The construction of a 6.5km sewer main linking the Eli Waters and Dundowran communities in Hervey Bay with the Nikenbah Wastewater Treatment plant is now underway.
The Fraser Coast Regional Council recently awarded the contract to build and test the pipeline to M&K Pipelines (Queensland).
Fraser Coast Regional Council Member, Jade Wellings, said, “This new 375mm diameter rising main is the initial stage of a new trunk infrastructure network that will service an additional 4,500 homes and businesses that will be built across the emerging Eli Waters and Dundowran communities
“The route of the works and location of the pump station was carefully selected to follow existing road corridors to minimise conflict with environmentally sensitive areas, and to ensure that the infrastructure is accessible to operate and maintain into the future.
“Stage two of the project, a new pump station and part of the gravity-fed sewer trunk mains, is currently out to tender.
“We anticipate that both stages of the project will be finished in late 2021, weather permitting, and support approximately 19 jobs during construction.
“The project is co-funded by the Queensland Government’s Building our Regions (BoR) program and Council.”
Queensland Development Minister, Kate Jones, said the State Government was proud to be partnering with councils and the private sector to deliver projects that create jobs.
“We are facing one of the most difficult times in our state’s history. But we know that to fast-track Queensland’s economic recovery, we need to invest in job-creating projects in regional Queensland,” Ms Jones said.
“The Building our Regions program will not only create hundreds of construction jobs across the regions, it will create more employment opportunities for locals, helping small businesses in these communities and boosting industry supply chains.”
To date, the Queensland Government’s commitment of up to $365 million has been allocated towards 271 projects across 67 local government areas in regional Queensland.
This work has supported more than 2,700 jobs and attracted additional investment of over $538 million from councils and other organisations.