Construction has begun on a new water reservoir in Chillagoe that will boost the town’s water capacity by almost 40 per cent.
Jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments, the Chillagoe Critical Water Infrastructure Project will see the construction of a new 500 kilolitre reinforced concrete water reservoir including all associated pipework, electrical, SCADA and telemetry connections.
Mayor Angela Toppin said construction of the new reservoir was a major win for the Chillagoe community and will help deliver essential water security to the town.
“Council has been investing in and advocating strongly for water security in Chillagoe for many years, and I am delighted we have reached this point,” Cr Toppin said.
“The two existing reservoirs will be replaced by the new tank and that has the capacity to cater for the township and provide vital firefighting capacity.
“The town’s water capacity will be increased by almost 40 per cent,” she said.
Council received $600,000 from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund and $450,000 from the Queensland Government’s Building our Regions program towards the project.
“On behalf of the Chillagoe community, I thank the Australian and Queensland Governments for funding this vital infrastructure project that will provide water security for many years to come.”