$5.2m is ?go? for plant

By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

A $5.26 million grant is the best green light to build the Tannum Sands Sewerage Treatment plant, says Calliope Shire Mayor George Creed.

The State Government has just announced the subsidy for the plant, which is needed to cater for Boyne Tannum's quickly growing population.

Cr Creed said the council had already called for tenders for the construction of the first stage.

"We were absolutely confident we'd get the $5.2 million we asked for because it was the expected amount for a project of its size,'' he said.

"But it is still a relief to know it's there because we had almost come to the point of reaching the capacity of the old plant, particularly with new developments coming on line all the time.''

Cr Creed said the estimated total cost of the Tannum Sands plant was about $14.8 million.

The plant will grow over several stages.

The first will allow for a treatment capacity of 7500 residents and is expected to be completed in mid 2007.

A further two stages will provide a capacity for an additional 7500 residents and 15,000 residents respectively, achieving an ultimate capacity for 30,000 residents.

"This is a high-technology plant designed to meet all modern environmental requirements,'' Cr Creed said.

He said the council hoped to make a start on stage one construction later this year and have the plant functioning sometime next year.

"The first stage is the most expensive because of the cost of such things as the acquisition of the land.

"We have already spent a lot of money on roads and other infrastructure work.''

The new plant will treat the area's waste to reduce nitrogen and phosphorous discharged in wastewater.

The funding was granted under the Queensland Government's Local Government Bodies' Capital Works Subsidy Scheme.

The state has provided more than $6.6 million in Local Government and Planning portfolio grants and subsidies to the Calliope Shire since 1998.

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