The first nearly finished water clarifier at Widgee Crossing.
The first nearly finished water clarifier at Widgee Crossing.

Gympie sewerage system takes shape

GYMPIE’S new $20 million sewerage system is taking shape with councillors saying the infrastructure is planned to serve the community for the next 50 years.

Yesterday, workers were busy pouring concrete walls for the new state-of-the-art clarifiers and the bioreactor, which will combine to clean up the city’s sewage waste.

The new plant is designed to have a capacity to treat a population of 30,000 people. Currently the old plant is running over capacity, treating a population of around 18,000.

Cr Larry Friske said the new infrastructure was being put in place to plan for Gympie’s future growth.

He said the new sewage treatment plants already installed at Cooloola Cove and Rainbow Beach, along with upgrades to Gympie’s water treatment plant would allow the Gympie Region to cater for projected population growth.

“It should be able to service the town for up to 50 years, depending on the amount of growth we get,” Cr Friske said.

“It caters for a 50 per cent increase in the population of Gympie, it is as big as we can afford to build.

“It is part of councils planning for future growth of the city,” he said.

The new plant is half finished, and expected to be complete in December next year.

Brett Pukall from Queensland Concrete General Constructions said the project was moving along well.

He said the local workers employed at the site had been of very high standard.

“We get around a lot, so we see the difference,” Mr Pukall said.

“The Gympie workers are very highly skilled. He added that the local concrete company Holcin had been doing an amazing job batching concrete for the project.

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