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Abigroup starts work on new water treatment plants for Whitsunday region

01 May 2012

Abigroup has started work on the construction of new water treatment plants in Bowen and Proserpine in North Queensland for Whitsunday Regional Council.

The start of work was marked with an official “turning of the sod” ceremony at the Proserpine site attended by the Mayor and councillors from Whitsunday Regional Council and representatives from Abigroup including Abigroup Water’s National Operations Manager Jarrod McHugh.

L to R: Whitsunday Regional Council's Deputy Mayor Rogin Taylor, Director of Transport & Infrastructure Gary Martin, CEO John Finlay, Cr Jan Clifford, Mayor Mike Brunker, Cr Jennifer Whitney, Abigroup Water's National Operations Manager Jarrod McHugh & Executive Manager for Water and Sewerage James Stewart at the sod turning ceremony at the Proserpine site.

Abigroup Water’s General Manager Chris Bulloch said, “Abigroup is looking forward to participating with Whitsundays Regional Council in the construction of this important piece of infrastructure.

“This new water infrastructure is a significant investment in the local economy and is part of Whitsunday Region’s investment in major projects in Queensland.”

The project forms part of the Council’s $85 million water and sewerage future development scheme and involves the construction of a 16.5 megalitre plant in Bowen on the Proserpine River downstream of the Peter Faust Dam and a 14.5 megalitre plant in Proserpine on the old pound site on Pound Yard Road.

The water treatment plants will provide consistent water quality to the residents of Bowen and Proserpine, with a particular focus on bringing aesthetic quality in line with current industry standards and community expectations.

The main objectives of the project are to:

  • deliver improved potable water quality for Whitsunday Regional Council townships;
  • meet future potable water supply demands; and
  • enable long-term, sustainable regional development.

Work on the new plants are expected to take 12 to 16 months to complete with an expected commissioning date in mid 2013.

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