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Multi-million dollar utilities infrastructure upgrades benefit Miles community

19 June 2015

Several long-planned and much-needed key utilities infrastructure projects in Miles worth $17.8 million, including a new wastewater treatment plant, recycling scheme, and utilities pipeline upgrades, were officially opened on Wednesday 17 June, providing the community with robust essential utilities infrastructure that will meet the needs of the township well into the future.

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Utilities — Water, Wastewater and Gas Councillor George Moore said overall Council has invested $24.4 million to upgrade essential water and wastewater networks in Miles.

“Council is committed to planning for the future of our communities, delivering quality services, and maintaining the sustainable growth of essential infrastructure throughout our region,” he said.

“The construction and completion of the wastewater treatment plant, recycling scheme, and pipeline upgrades in Miles represents a proactive and positive leap forward in delivering on this commitment and ensures the township is able to meet fluctuating demand pressures, cater for development needs, as well as encourage economic growth for the future of our communities.

“This significant infrastructure development provides essential support to a population of 2,500 people, and has been designed to allow for future capacity of 5,000 people or more.

“The finishing touches are also being made on Miles’ new $6.6 million reverse osmosis (RO) potable water treatment plant and we are anticipating the plant to be officially opened in coming months.”

Cr Moore said these capital works projects help demonstrate how various levels of government and the private sector can work together to successfully deliver essential infrastructure for local communities.

“The combination of upgrades to the Miles water and wastewater network, to support the delivery of the recycled water scheme to the Miles golf course has seen a significant and successful collaboration with Council, the State Government and the energy sector to deliver a strong and lasting outcome for the future development of our region,” he said.

“I’d like to acknowledge the funding contributions made by Origin, on behalf of Australia Pacific LNG, and the State Government towards the project as well as their commitment to supporting the development of essential infrastructure that deliver significant community benefits.”

For more information about current water and wastewater infrastructure projects contact Council’s Utilities Department on 1300 COUNCIL.

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