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In its 2021-22 Budget, Isaac Regional Council, Queensland, has allocated $10.8 million for critical water, wastewater and waste infrastructure improvements.

The total Budget allocation includes $4.9 million for water, $4.2 million for wastewater upgrades and $1.7 million to improve waste management facilities.

Isaac Mayor, Anne Baker, said the 27 water, wastewater and waste capital expenditure projects in the Isaac Regional Council 2021-22 Budget are about strengthening and security for communities.

“We have made major inroads across our water and wastewater treatment plants and waste facilities, and we are proud of how far we’ve come,” Ms Baker said.

“Many of the issues that we continue to work through are historic in nature and by working together, we will be able to deliver a more efficient, cost-effective and sustainable water and wastewater network.

“We are dedicated to achieving long-term outcomes which meet the expectations of our communities through the improvement of infrastructure, service delivery and products, including drinking water quality and recycled water opportunities.”

Ms Baker said the Council also has to manage over 30,000 tonnes of waste that comes through the waste management facilities or transfer stations, making waste an important part of the latest Budget.

“Council will invest $1.6 million this financial year for the proposed $2.5 million Stage 2 of the Moranbah landfill design and construction,” Ms Baker said.

“This will see a new lined landfill cell to assist with Council continuing to provide quality waste services to the community.

“Moranbah’s 400ML raw water dam improvements will see $1.2 million for remediation works, plus major sewerage pump station rehabilitation and remedial works have also been earmarked for Middlemount, Nebo and Glenden.”

Water and Waste Standing Committee Chair Councillor, Simon West, said one of the big projects for this financial year is significant $1.7 million upgrades to Dysart’s wastewater services.

“This investment in Dysart is to improve electrical upgrades and rehabilitation works, plus improving the optimisation of the wastewater treatment plant,” Mr West said.

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