Major Project Enables Growth

A major infrastructure project which will enable future development in Mareeba is now complete.

Mayor Tom Gilmore said the upgrade of the town’s wastewater reticulation network at Kenneally Road was critical for future growth and development. “Faster than expected population growth means sewerage systems in Mareeba have reached capacity in certain areas and Council is investing in major infrastructure to accommodate future growth,” Cr Gilmore said.

The project was jointly funded by the Queensland Government’s Building our Regions program and Mareeba Shire Council, and included the installation of a new 300mm sewer rising main along Kenneally Road and upgrading the existing pump station.

Councillor Gilmore said the upgrade will prevent system failures which can have immediate effects on public health, water quality, commercial farming and Council’s legal obligations.
“The upgrade mitigates long terms risks to community wellbeing, the business reputation of the horticulture and other industries, and of course, will ensure Council is meeting its environmental responsibilities,” he said.

Member for Cook, Cynthia Lui said the Building our Regions program has generated hundreds of construction jobs and other benefits throughout regional Queensland.
“This wastewater reticulation upgrade is so important for Mareeba in terms of planning for future population growth,” Ms Lui said.

Councillor Gilmore said as a small regional Council, Mareeba Shire relies heavily on government funding to carry out major projects such as this.

“Without the assistance of the Queensland Government, we would not be able to upgrade and maintain our ageing infrastructure. We are so very appreciative of their contribution through the Building our Regions program,” Cr Gilmore said.