5 August, 2022
Funding helps move projects forward
MORE than $640,000 in funding has been awarded to Mareeba Shire Council to upgrade a Raw Water Pump Station and progress a major upgrade to the Bicentennial Lakes area.
The funding, which has been allocated from the Queensland Government’s Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program, will enable council to progress the two projects earlier than expected.
Mareeba Mayor Angela Toppin welcomed the funding and explained what it would be used for.
“The Mareeba Water Treatment Plant Raw Water Pump Station Upgrade will see the raising of the raw water pump station out of the flood zone,” she said.
“When the water level rises, the raw water pump station is subject to flood damage and damaged equipment can leave Mareeba without reliable water while the equipment is repaired.”
The project will commence in October 2022, with construction to start in March 2023.
The project is set to be completed at the end of 2024.
“The provision of a safe and reliable drinking water supply is critical for the liveability and prosperity of the community,” Mayor Toppin said.
The project has attracted $475,524 from the government, with Mareeba Shire to contribute $317,016.
The much-anticipated Bicentennial Lakes Active Recreation Upgrade has also received $166,200 in funding to refresh the detailed design for the project.
“The upgrade will provide a naturally shaded parkland with waterway features, playground and pathways adjacent to the Mareeba State High School and the Mareeba Sporting Precinct,” Mayor Toppin said.
The design work will commence in August 2022 and is set to be completed at the end of the year, with construction around the southern lakes to start at the beginning of 2023 followed by the northern lakes in the 2023/24 financial year.