The largest wastewater network upgrade in Logan City, south of Brisbane for more than a decade is now underway.

The $49 million project involves the duplication of 6.4km of wastewater pipelines through Slacks Creek, Meadowbrook, Tanah Merah and Loganholme, and a major upgrade of the Alfred Street pump station at Slacks Creek.

Roads and Water Infrastructure Committee Chairperson, Councillor Don Petersen, said the project was crucial to ensuring essential services in Logan were operating efficiently, and could continue to do so as the city grew.

“Our city is growing and according to current forecasts, Logan will be home to nearly 250,000 new residents by 2031,” Cr Petersen said.

“Council is committed to providing our residents with quality services, such as those for transporting water and wastewater, and this project is a great example of Council meeting this commitment.

“As a result of the State Government’s South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031, Logan is set to experience significant growth over the next 20 years. In order to be on the front foot, Council is starting these upgrades now to ensure we have the infrastructure in place to cater for the city’s future needs.”

The Slacks Creek to Loganholme wastewater network upgrade will be undertaken in stages and is expected to be completed by mid 2014. Initial activities involve the installation of 2km of new pipelines between Tanah Merah and Loganholme.

All works will be delivered by Council’s award-winning infrastructure delivery team, Logan Water Alliance.

Councillor Luke Smith said the project had been strategically planned to make use of Council-owned land where possible.

“The pipeline alignment selected for this project passes through several government-owned parcels of land, including recreational and sporting areas, drainage easements, road reserve and the Loganholme Wastewater Treatment Plant,” he said.

“This was a strategic decision by Council, given that much of the surrounding area is residential.

“The use of government-owned land to install sections of the new wastewater pipelines is expected to minimise noise and dust impacts for surrounding residents.

“Similarly, to minimise impacts on the local road network, sections of the pipelines that cross major roadways, such as the Logan and Pacific Motorways, will be installed using underground construction methods.”

The new pipelines will connect into the Loganholme Wastewater Treatment Plant, which is currently undergoing its own major upgrade to allow the plant to process and treat higher volumes of wastewater. The two projects take Council’s total commitment to upgrading the Loganholme wastewater catchment to $70 million.

Logan Water Alliance (LWA) is a public private sector partnership comprising Logan City Council and engineering service providers Tenix, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Cardno.

The alliance was established in August 2009 and is responsible for planning, designing, constructing and commissioning new and improved water and wastewater infrastructure across the city.

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