Sewerage upgrades to support growth

BUNDABERG Regional Council has called for tenders for the design of a $16 million upgrade of sewage treatment plants in Gin Gin and Thabeban.

The plants are now running at full capacity and will be upgraded as part of the council’s 10-year capital works program.

The council committed to an estimated $11 million upgrade of the Thabeban plant and a $5 million upgrade of the Gin Gin plant in 2009.

Council water and wastewater infrastructure spokesman Alan Bush said the upgrades were overdue and would help to accommodate expansion in Gin Gin and Thabeban.

“An upgrade has been needed at both sites for some time,” he said.

“Without this work, the areas the plants serve will not be able to expand.”

The project represents the biggest investment in sewerage infrastructure made by council since amalgamation and follows the $8 million upgrade of the Bargara Sewage Treatment Plant.

Projections of growth in Gin Gin and Thabeban show the treatment plant upgrades will be adequate to serve the areas for the next 15 years.

The upgrades will double the capacity of each facility and ensure waste water is of a quality the council can use for irrigation of parklands.

Cr Bush said the upgrade represented council’s confidence in residential growth of the Gin Gin and Thabeban areas.

“Council is now calling for tenders to design new plants, not only to cater for current and projected growth in both areas but to comply with new environmental guidelines,” he said.

Mr Bush said the upgrades would be delivered as a single contract to help cut costs.

“Due to similarities in project scope and timing, it is expected both plants will be delivered as one contract, saving council in design and construction costs.”

Tenders will close on September 20 and the successful applicant is expected to be appointed in October.

Mr Bush said the council would then call for expressions of interest for the construction phase soon.

The Gin Gin plant is expected to be finished in the 2012/2013 financial year and the Thabeban plant is expected to be completed in the 2013/14 financial year.



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