Council invested in port's future
BUNDABERG Regional Council says the installation of new, and an extension to existing, water and sewerage infrastructure to service commercial development at the Port of Bundaberg, clearly demonstrates council's belief in a strong economic future for the port area.
Acting Mayor David Batt said council was currently engaged in rolling out the next stage of a $435,000 drainage scheme and also undertaking almost one million dollars' worth of sewerage and water mains work to service commercial development at the Port of Bundaberg.
"The key driver for this work is the impending commencement of the $70 million Knauf Plasterboard manufacturing plant," he said.
"I am pleased that this project remains on track as it will be the catalyst for further development at the port.
"Council is in the process of finalising an infrastructure agreement with Knauf and once that has been signed off and an operational works authorisation granted then construction of the factory should follow.
"I understand that the much-anticipated 26km gas pipeline from Bundaberg to the port is also on track although the work is not expected to commence until the second quarter next year.
"It is well documented that the State Government has accepted responsibility for the gas pipeline which was crucial to having Knauf commit to its investment in the Bundaberg region."
Cr Batt said he believed the pipeline construction would start in April next year after the wet season and have a scheduled completion date of August 2016.
"Some preliminary route identification and clearing work has already been completed in preparation for the gas pipeline construction," he said.