Fraser Coast Regional Council is engaging with the community to seek feedback on a range of options for Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) upgrade locations and release of the additional recycled water generated in order to meet the needs of our growing population. The consultation activities will also explore new opportunities for recycling water, (regardless of which treatment plant location is upgraded), in order to add to the current expansive irrigation program with turf farms, cane fields and hardwood forests, one of Australia’s largest.
The engagement opportunities are spread over two stages including:
- A Community Panel made up of a representative sample of people from across the Fraser Coast region who will deliberate on the three options that are being explored and consider new alternative options;
- Wider community engagement involving Workshops, Community Information Stalls, Site Tours and Key Stakeholder Interviews.
See below to find out more about how to get involved and share your views.
The online Map is an interactive digital map that shows the Sewage and recycled water network infrastructure as well as the potential future recycled water reuse and release mains for the various site selection options.
Why are we doing this?
- three (STPs);
- recycled water storage dams;
- recycled water distribution pipe network and pump stations; and
- four hardwood plantation (and pasture) irrigation schemes managed by Wide Bay Water (WBW).
Option 1 Nikenbah STP – 100% reuse
- Upgrade Nikenbah STP and expand the reuse scheme to reuse 100% of all additional recycled water that is generated in Hervey Bay. Nikenbah must reuse 100% of recycled water as it does not have access to an outfall. This means that the reuse scheme would have to be continuously expanded to match growth.
Option 2 Pulgul STP – Outfall
- Upgrade Pulgul STP and build a new outfall several hundred metres from the Marina. The existing reuse scheme would continue to operate as it currently does and would not be expanded for roughly another 20 years until an upgrade to the Nikenbah STP becomes necessary.
Option 3 Pulgul STP – Outfall + expanded reuse
- Upgrade Pulgul STP, build a new outfall several hundred metres from the Marina and continue to expand the reuse scheme. Having a new outfall that can effectively disperse recycled water with minimal impact to the environment builds flexibility into the reuse scheme. This means that the reuse scheme does not have to expand immediately to match growth and WBW can actively investigate and implement beneficial opportunities to expand.
A map showing the recycled water reuse and release options developed in the KBR study is below
What is an Outfall?
An outfall is the recycled water exit point within a recycled water management framework. This is commonly referred to as ‘discharge’ or ‘release’ location. An outfall could be located into a creek or could be a seabed pipeline discharging into the ocean.
A consideration in choosing an outfall location is that the location should be able to disperse any nutrients so that they don’t have a negative impact on the environment.
In Hervey Bay, the Eli Creek and Pulgul STPs both have licenced outfalls for the release of recycled water to waterways.
What is Recycled Water?
Recycled water is the product of a multi-stage mechanical, biological and chemical sewage treatment process.
What is Effluent?
Effluent is an old term used to describe the product of the sewage treatment process. ‘Recycled water’ is now used whenever the treatment is comprehensive enough to allow for safe reuse.
What is the Hervey Bay Sewerage Treatment Network?
A map showing the different aspects of the sewerage treatment system and catchment areas is available below.
Consultation activities information
A range of Consultation Activities will be commencing from 5 July 2019.
Explanatory Notes have been prepared to provide additional information about the Hervey Bay sewage treatment scheme. Explanatory Notes will be available soon that will provide additional information about the project.
A feedback form will be available to complete in the future so the community can offer feedback and ideas for the project.
Community information stalls
Community Information Stalls will be held so you can hear first hand about the project.
Proposed site visit itinerary
Educational Site Tours will be available so you can view the current sewage treatment infrastructure in Hervey Bay.
|8.30am-8.45am||Pick up at the Discovery Centre Park (near the Cultural Centre)|
|8.45am -9.00am|| |
Travel to Nikenbah Sewage Treatment Plant
Bus tour of Nikenbah Sewage Treatment Plant
|9.30am -9.45am|| |
Travel to Pulgul Sewage Treatment Plant
|9.45am-10.15am||Bus tour of Pulgul Sewage Treatment Plant|
Travel to Hebblewhite Reuse Plantation
Reuse water talk and morning tea break
|11.30am– 11.45am||Travel back to Discovery Centre Park (near the Cultural Centre)|
Pick Up Location: Fraser Coast Cultural Centre, 166 Old Maryborough Road, Hervey BayComplimentary morning tea provided to all participants.
Community Workshops will be available so community members can provide feedback about the options for the sewage treatment plant upgrade.
To register, please email the Project Team at WBWengagement@frasercoast.qld.gov.au
For more information
Contact the project team at WBWengagement@frasercoast.qld.gov.au or speak to a project team member by phone on (07) 3368 3008 or 0433 132 203.