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Council awards $10.4 million Chinchilla Potable Water Project contract

3 February 2016

[L-R] Western Downs Regional Council Infrastructure Services General Manager Graham Cook, Mayor Ray Brown and Deputy Mayor George Moore examine the project plans for the Chinchilla Potable Water Treatment Plant.

[L-R] Western Downs Regional Council Infrastructure Services General Manager Graham Cook, Mayor Ray Brown and Deputy Mayor George Moore examine the project plans for the Chinchilla Potable Water Treatment Plant.

Plans for the construction of a $17.5 million state-of-the-art potable water treatment plant in Chinchilla is well underway with Western Downs Regional Council, at today’s Ordinary Meeting, awarding the Stage 1 $10.4 million works contract to leading water infrastructure engineering provider Monadelphous.

  • Construction on the Chinchilla Potable Water Treatment Plant Upgrade Stage 1 is set to commence in July 2016 with an expected completion for August 2017, weather permitting;
  • The Chinchilla Potable Water Treatment Plant project is part of Council’s multi-phased award-winning Accelerated Utilities Capital Works Program and will provide the residents of Chinchilla a modern top-of-the-line treatment plant, and 3.5 megalitre potable water reservoir;
  • Treatment technology will provide a multi-barrier ultra-filtration membrane process to treat a wide range of water quality from Chinchilla Weir, including treated CSG water;
  • This significant infrastructure development has a capacity to provide essential support to a population of 7,325 and is designed to allow for future augmentation;
  • Council also recently secured $5 million in funding under the Queensland Government’s Building our Regions Royalties for Resource Producing Communities Fund.

Spokesperson for Utilities — Water, Wastewater and Gas Councillor George Moore said the essential upgrades to Chinchilla’s utilities infrastructure is the largest capital works project that Council has embarked on to date, and is the largest upgrades in the infrastructure’s history.

“Council’s long-term plan to rehabilitate Chinchilla water and wastewater infrastructure has reached a major milestone in the awarding of this contract to leading engineering provider Monadelphous,” he said.

“This $10.4 million component of the Chinchilla Potable Water Project is the single biggest capital works expenditure item in Council’s 2016/17 Capital Works Program, and will provide a much-needed constant supply of quality water to Chinchilla residents.

“The $2.1 million contract for the pipeline works was also awarded to specialist water and wastewater construction firm FB Contracting, which will see the construction of four kilometres of raw water pipeline from the pump station to the new water treatment plant.”

Mayor Ray Brown said the Chinchilla Potable Water Project is a project of regional significance to the Western Downs.

“Investing in this key project means we can build an improved, potable water treatment plant that will deliver a long-term sustainable solution for the township of Chinchilla and surrounds,” he said.

“We welcome the opportunity to work with the Monadelphous team to deliver a successful outcome for the residents of Chinchilla, and the future growth and development of our region.

“Council is committed to providing first-class, safe, reliable and high quality water treatment services that help to support healthy communities, and ensure sustainability and reliability well into the future.”

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