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October 9, 2020 - COUNCIL MOTIVATED TO FACILITATE A LONG TERM SOLUTION FOR PORT HINCHINBROOK

COUNCIL MOTIVATED TO FACILITATE A LONG TERM SOLUTION FOR PORT HINCHINBROOK

The Queensland Government recently announced funding of up to $4.3 million to the Cassowary Coast Regional Council towards replacement of the Sewerage treatment plant (STP) for Hinchinbrook Harbour.

Mayor Mark Nolan said that while the proposed funding was very generous, Council needed to consider how it will meet the other half of the expected capital outlay needed to complete the project.

“Appropriate management of sewerage is an essential service that is needed to ensure the ongoing public health of the community and the Great Barrier Reef,” Cr Nolan said.

“Council is motivated to facilitate a long term solution for Port Hinchinbrook and sees it as a valuable community asset for the Cassowary Coast, a long-term sewerage treatment solution will go a long way to securing its future. 

“However, Council needs to consider the ongoing funding of operation costs from the small rate base.  The total project cost, including construction of the sewerage treatment plant and related work to the reticulation network, is estimated to be upwards of $8.6 million.”

Nolan said due to the significant contribution required, which would be in addition to the States proposed contribution, Council will consider its position at an upcoming Local Government meeting and also take into account feedback received from the community and property owners as part of consultation currently underway.

Community members and residents can provide feedback on the future of the sewerage treatment plant via survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2BYP2RT. The survey will close 14 October 2020.

Further information regarding Port Hinchinbrook Sewerage treatment can be found at http://www.cassowarycoast.qld.gov.au/port-hinchinbrook