Larry Friske and QCGC site supervisor Brett Pukall at the start of Gympie’s new sewerage plant.
Larry Friske and QCGC site supervisor Brett Pukall at the start of Gympie’s new sewerage plant.

Major works for Gympie's sewage

SIGNIFICANT works have started on Gympie’s new $22 million sewerage treatment plant.

Yesterday about 280m3 of cement — about 50 loads of concrete — was poured into what will be the base of the plant’s bio-reactor, which will be about 75 metres long and five metres high.

Gympie Region Councillor Larry Friske said council was lucky to secure a subsidy from the State Government for the upgrade project after Anna Bligh had announced she was scrapping the funding.

Without the state’s 40 per cent council would have had trouble securing funding for the project.

But council was already in the process of applying for the money when the announcement was made.

Queensland Concrete and General Construction Co from Nambour won the contract to build the new state-of-the-art facilities, which will increase capacity by 50 per cent.

Site supervisor Brett Pukall said his father built the original plant back in 1963.

Construction on a new clarifier will start soon and the bio-reactor should be finished in six months.

The project is expected to be completed in 18 months.

Gympie Times


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