Yarwun Waste Water Treatment Plant will be upgraded after receiving $1,183,700 through Round 4 of the Palaszczuk Government’s successful $295 million Building our Regions (BoR) program
The project is also being supported with $1,446,600 from Gladstone Regional Council, bringing total funding to $2,630,300.
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the project was crucial for the region’s economy as the upgrade will allow future expansion of industries sited in the Gladstone State Development Area (SDA).
“The facility currently treats waste water from heavy industry operations in the Gladstone SDA, including Orica, Rio Tinto and Transpacific,” Mr Dick said.
“This upgrade will improve effluent quality, reuse the treated wastewater efficiently and comply with environmental approvals, with council estimating up to nine jobs will be supported during the construction phase.”
Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said when complete, the project will provide the Gladstone community with a more efficient and reliable wastewater system.
“The plant was originally designed to treat domestic waste water, so as industry grows in Gladstone it’s really important to upgrade this facility,” Mr Butcher said.
Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett welcomed the funding, which will allow for the continued growth of the Gladstone SDA.
“The Yarwun Waste Water Treatment Plant upgrade was shortlisted alongside other projects across the state, so it’s fantastic to see the project gain this much-needed funding,” Mr Burnett said.
“Building our Regions supports the infrastructure we need to maximise our region’s strategic advantages, and we’ve already seen funding from this program put to great use, supporting the delivery of the Agnes Water Waste Transfer Station upgrade, Boyne Island cark park and Kirkwood Reservoir, among other projects.”
Round 4 of Building our Regions will see the Palaszczuk Government partner with 37 councils on 49 projects – work which will create an estimated 657 jobs.
Under previous rounds, the program has allocated $225 million to 174 critical infrastructure projects across the state, generating 1762 jobs and attracting additional investment of $353.5 million from councils and other organisations.
Learn more about the Building our Regions program.