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Today, Whitsunday Regional Council officially opened the two new $57 million Water TreatmentPlants for Bowen and Proserpine and the two new $50 million Sewerage Treatment Plants forCannonvale and Proserpine.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said the official openings, held at the Cannonvale Sewage Treatment Plant and Proserpine Water Treatment Plant, are a celebration of the delivery of the largest infrastructure project in Councils’ history benefitting the whole Whitsunday region.
“It is testament to the hard work of our Water and Sewage Team that these four projects weredelivered on time and within budget, providing the latest water and sewage infrastructure for theentire Whitsunday region,” she said.
“The two Water Treatment Plants were completed in October 2013 and over the last year havebeen delivering high quality water well within the Australian Drinking Water guidelines.
“Since the plants started operating the number of water quality complaints has been minimalcompared to before the plants were completed and operational.
“I’d like to thank Abigroup, now Lend Lease, who built the Bowen and Proserpine Water Treatment Plants in partnership with Whitsunday Regional Council,” she said.
Mayor Whitney said the two Sewerage Treatment Plants for Cannonvale and Proserpine weresuccessfully completed on time and within budget and are operating well within their stringentlicence standards.
“The Cannonvale and Proserpine Sewage Treatment Plants were awarded an ‘Excellent’ rating at the inaugural Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) gala dinner and infrastructure sustainability awards in August,” she said.
“The ‘Excellent’ rating level was achieved for both the ‘design’ and ‘as built’ phases of the twoprojects and are the first projects in Australia to achieve these awards.
“The plants now meet the most stringent outflow regulations to adhere to the Great Barrier ReefMarine Park Authority regulations.
“The plants were built under a Design Build Operate Transfer arrangement with SewerageTreatment Plant specialist Downer Tenix who will operate the plants for 5 years.
“On behalf of Council, I congratulate Downer Tenix who continue to be recognised for theirpartnership in delivering sustainable solutions that have benefited our local community andenvironment including the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the 74 Whitsunday Islands thatfringe the coastline,” she said.
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