The 75-metre pipe bridge across Boambee Creek that will carry sewer and reclaimed water pipelines between Sawtell and the Coffs Harbour Water Reclamation Plant has been completed.

“I’d like to say a heart-felt ‘well done’ to all the staff and contractors involved for getting the whole project finished on time and on budget,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight. “The Creek is a really popular place for families to visit, so it’s particularly good to have this job completed so efficiently and with the minimum of disruption.”

Once the pipelines that the bridge carries are completed, they will link a new state-of-the-art sewer pump station at Sawtell to the Coffs Harbour Water Reclamation Plant – and enable the decommissioning of the obsolete Sawtell Sewage Treatment Plant, as well as the closure of the shoreline discharge at Boambee Headland.

The $1m pipe bridge was built across the piers of the rail bridge over the creek at Boambee Creek Park Reserve. The 25-metre long bridge components were built in sections off-site by H.F.Hand Constructors P/L and put into place by a 400-tonne crane that was assembled on the side of the creek.

The works at the site took a total of six weeks to complete from start to finish.

“It was a very complex project – the staff and contractors were dealing with a working rail bridge, a waterway, a small reserve area and high voltage electricity cables across the creek – so they really deserve congratulations for delivering the works as planned,” said Steve McGrath, Council’s General Manager.

“This ‘missing link’ across the creek is a key part of the city’s $250m Sewerage Strategy, which Council has been working on since 1997, and its completion will mean we are getting very close to the final stages of the Strategy.”

Coffs Harbour City Council’s Sewerage Strategy involves upgrading and expanding our sewerage system to ensure residents have quality sewerage services into the future. The $96m Coffs Harbour Water Reclamation Plant was opened in 2009. Prior to that, in 2004, the Woolgoolga Water Reclamation Plant was upgraded.

Chris is a publishing veteran, having launched more than ten magazines over the course of his career. As the Publisher of Utility, his role today is more hands-off, but every now and then he likes to jump back on the tools and flex his wordsmithing muscles.

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