A $22 million upgrade of the Yamba sewage treatment plant in Clarence Valley, NSW, has been completed.
The upgrade was part of the Yamba sewage augmentation project and increased the capacity to provide sewerage services from 7400 to 17,200 people.
The project was managed by NSW Public Works and undertaken by Haslin Constructions. It was completed on time and $150,000 under budget.
Clarence Valley Mayor, Richie Williamson, said completion of the upgrade was a significant day in the future development of Yamba.
“This was a critical component in the Yamba sewage augmentation project and will help Yamba deal with future growth and tourism numbers for many years to come,” Mr Williamson said.
“The plant upgrade provides sewage treatment capacity for all zoned land in Yamba, Angourie and Wooloweyah or an estimated ultimate permanent population of 11,000 as well as holiday loads.”
The original Yamba sewage treatment plant was built in 1973 and has since been upgraded in 1984, 1999 and 2004.
Mr Williamson said the Yamba sewage augmentation project, of which the sewage treatment plant was part, included the construction of transfer stations to enable recycled water reuse on the Yamba Golf Course and possible future reuse on the Angourie Road sports fields, school grounds, Yamba oval and the Yamba Bowling Club.
“The scheme also involves an ebb-tide release of recycled water into the Clarence River when conditions aren’t suited for use on sports or other fields,” Mr Williamson said.
“When the ebb-tide release is commissioned we will be able to stop releasing recycled water into the woodlot/wetland area next to the sewage treatment plant.”