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Burgowan to Takura water main duplication

11 June 2019

Trenching ... planning is underway to boost the water supply to Hervey Bay.

The Fraser Coast Regional Council will duplicate the 4.8km water main from the Burgowan water treatment plant to reservoirs at Takura.

The $4.59 million project is being funded by $2.754 million from the state government under the 2019-21 Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program, and $1.863 million from Council.

“The project will have many benefits for Hervey Bay,” Councillor Anne Maddern said.

“It will enable Wide Bay Water to reduce power use by minimising the time it pumps water in peak demand periods.

“The duplication also improves reliability of the reticulation system which supplies the Bay. If one main needs to be shut, the city can still be supplied with water.

“Wide Bay Water has two reservoirs at Takura, one of the highest points in the Bay, from which it supplies water to the city.

“The project also provides capacity for future growth of the Bay.

“It is fantastic that the state government has been able to financially assist us to undertake the project.”

Minister for Local Government Stirling Hinchliffe congratulated the council on securing funding for the project.

“This is a wonderful outcome for the Hervey Bay community, now and into the future,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“Ensuring an ongoing reliable water supply is exactly the type of project the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program is designed for, and it is a terrific example of what can be achieved when our two levels of government work together.”
The new main will be built within road reserves and existing easements. 

It is anticipated that Council will call tenders for the design of the project this year and early next year let contracts for materials and to build the water main.

Council allocated $24.8 Million in its current budget for projects to boost the region’s water and sewerage services.