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    Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Desley Boyle

    $238,658 committed towards Bargara Sewerage Treatment Plant upgrade

    Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Desley Boyle

    Sunday, May 17, 2009

    $238,658 committed towards Bargara Sewerage Treatment Plant upgrade

    Local Government Minister Desley Boyle today announced an additional $238,658 towards stage one of the Bargara Sewerage Treatment Plant upgrade taking the total State Government subsidy for the project to $3,541,884.

    “The upgrade of the sewerage treatment plant at Bargara forms part of Bundaberg’s Coastal Sewerage Strategy and will ensure that the council’s infrastructure can adequately cater for the region’s growing population over the next 25 years,” Ms Boyle said.

    “The upgrade also means the plant now has an improved filtration process to enable more effective processing of wastewater.

    “We are very pleased to be able to help Bundaberg Regional Council deliver this important upgrade, not only for the benefit of its ratepayers and residents, but to also deliver better environmental outcomes for the community.

    “This is an example of the Bligh Government stepping up to the mark to help build the infrastructure for Tomorrow’s Queensland.

    “Under the Towards Q2 targets we are committed to building Australia’s strongest economy by 2020 – and infrastructure like this will help us meet the challenges of an expanding economy.

    “The $3.5 million the State Government contributed towards the Bargara Sewerage Treatment Plant has helped support 15 jobs for Queensland.”

    Ms Boyle said the funding had been provided through the Government’s Water and Sewerage Program, which provides local governments with subsidies of up to 40 per cent of the cost of essential water and sewerage infrastructure.

    “The Water and Sewerage Program is an important source of funding to help local government’s deliver key community infrastructure that improves water quality and sewerage treatment standards,” Ms Boyle said.

    For more information on the WASP funding guidelines visit: www.localgovernment.qld.gov.au.

    Media Contact: Minister Boyle’s Office 0400 767 490