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Future focused utilities investment a win for our communities

17 June 2016

Mayor Paul McVeigh and Spokesperson for Utilities Councillor Peter Saxelby inspect ground works with pipeline contractors at the new Water Treatment Plant at Aerodrome Road, Chinchilla.

Mayor Paul McVeigh and Spokesperson for Utilities Councillor Peter Saxelby inspect ground works with pipeline contractors at the new Water Treatment Plant at Aerodrome Road, Chinchilla.

With the last six years characterised by significant investment in key essential infrastructure for the future of our region, Western Downs Regional Council’s 2016/17 Budget will see the final phase in Council’s Accelerated Capital Utilities Works Program come to a close.

  • The state-of-the-art Chinchilla Water Treatment Plant, set to commence construction in July, is the final project in Council’s region-wide investment in essential infrastructure for our communities;
  • A high level of innovation and strategic planning resulted in a significant cost saving of $8 million on this project;
  • With pipeline works well underway, the commencement of construction on the water treatment plant will represent a major milestone in delivering this long-awaited infrastructure for the Chinchilla community;
  • A future focused approach in delivering essential key infrastructure to future-proof our region now means Council is in a position to focus on improving the liveability of our region.

Council Spokesperson for Utilities Councillor Peter Saxelby said forward planning and significant investment in essential water and wastewater infrastructure has ensured the future liveability of our communities.

“Over the last six years Council has invested heavily in delivering more than a dozen large-scale state-of-the-art infrastructure projects to the residents of the Western Downs,” he said.

“This financial year will see construction commence on the new $17.2 million Chinchilla Water Treatment Plant, representing the final project in Council’s long-term plan to provide sustainable high quality utilities infrastructure for the future growth of our region.

“Thanks to forward planning, we now have excellent assets in place, future-proofing our region so that our towns are in a great position to grow and develop.”

Mondaphelous Manager Anthony Birkett said the innovative Chinchilla Water Treatment Plant will continue to provide high quality water to the Chinchilla community for many years.

“Working alongside Council we’re excited to be delivering a top-of-the-line water treatment plant for the Chinchilla community,” he said.

“With the capacity to provide quality water to a population of 7,325, allow for future augmentation, as well as generate its own power through solar technology, the treatment plant is an asset that will keep giving back to residents well into the future.”

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