A new reservoir and water mains will alleviate issues—including low pressure, insufficient storage and deteriorating pipes—and ensure adequate supplies during the dry season and peak tourism times.
Total project cost
* Average number of Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs supported by project construction (based on Queensland Treasury's Guidelines for estimating FTE jobs directly supported by the capital work program).
Based on council’s existing rates base, this project would not have been possible without Building our Regions funding as the cost is 1.5 times council’s total yearly capital works program.
The new reservoir will give the town’s major businesses, such as the Sheraton Mirage, confidence to upgrade and expand. In August 2016, the Sheraton completed a $40 million renovation and is planning on a further $200M expansion in the near future.
Doubling the reservoir capacity to 20ML will provide a safe and reliable water supply with up to 2.5 days storage for the 4500 population and the 1.2 million visitors annually who spend an estimated $400 million in the region.
It will also provide the critical infrastructure necessary to support growth.
Best practice workplace health and safety standards will reduce the risks associated with working at heights and handling chlorine.
Will provide increased disaster resilience in the event of power loss, by being a gravity fed rather than pumped storage system.
The new reservoir provides the much-needed capacity to avoid potential human and environmental harm.
Being constructed at a height of 54m AHD means the gravity-fed system will make the reservoir significantly more energy efficient.
The need for water restrictions, such as the level 2 restrictions put in place in 2015, will be reduced.
A new, larger and higher placed 20ML reservoir
2.5km of dedicated inlet and outlet mains
0.6km access road.
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