The greatly anticipated construction of the new Mareeba Wastewater Treatment Plant has commenced with initial site works taking place to establish the construction and site compound areas earlier this month.
The site will become a hive of activity over the next year as work progresses. Mayor Tom Gilmore said the old Treatment Plant is more than 40 years old and is too small to cope with the size of the community, let alone allow for growth.
What will be achieved is a fully refurbished and modern treatment plant, capable of easily achieving environmental licence requirements for many years to come.
Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham congratulated the Mareeba Shire Council on partnering the Queensland Government in such a significant community project funded under the Building our Regions program.
“The $1.5 million comes from the Palaszczuk Government’s Building our Regions program, and is one of 42 projects statewide that are providing job opportunities and much-needed community infrastructure,” Dr Lynham said.
This project which will ultimately cost in the vicinity of $16 million is funded through a $6 million grant from the Australian Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund, a $1.5 million grant from the Queensland Government’s Building our Regions program, $4 million from the Mareeba Shire Council existing reserves and borrowings of $5 million.