Work has begun on a new $15 million wastewater treatment plant in Cherbourg, one of Queensland’s largest indigenous communities.

Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Mark Furner, said the new infrastructure will ensure the Cherbourg community will have a low-maintenance and long-lasting wastewater solution.

“This new infrastructure, funded by the Palaszczuk Government, is specifically designed for the needs of the Cherbourg community and will replace a 60-year-old treatment plant,” Mr Furner said.

“Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council staff will also be provided with the right training to maintain the infrastructure, making it a sustainable long-term solution for the community.”

Mr Furner said functioning health infrastructure is crucial to the liveability of regional communities.

“The Palaszczuk Government is delighted to be able to deliver the best outcome for Cherbourg residents,” Mr Furner said.

“We’re continuing to support local jobs and build liveable communities in regional Queensland, which has been a major priority for our government over the past two and a half years.”

Cherbourg Mayor, Arnold Murray, said the council has been working with the Queensland Government to identify the best sustainable water treatment solutions.

“The start of this project is great news for residents and we’re also ensuring that training is in place for the long-term operation and maintenance of the facilities,” Mr Arnold said.

Stage one of the wastewater infrastructure project began with earthworks for a series of ponds on a site away from the township entrance and homes.

Stage two will begin in November 2017, and includes new pump station infrastructure and irrigation systems to provide water source options for agriculture.

The new wastewater treatment plant is expected to be completed by May 2018.

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