- Council: Western Downs Regional Council
- Fund: Royalties for Resource Producing Communities Fund
- Category: Water/Sewerage/Waste Infrastructure
- Round: 1
Chinchilla's outdated potable water treatment plant is being replaced with one using the latest technology to deliver better quality water—including treated CSG water in an Australian first—to support current and future populations and facilitate further growth.
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 works program).
- Without Building our Regions funding, council would have had to postpone the project—the largest capital works it has embarked on and the largest upgrades in the infrastructure’s history.
- The project will support management and construction jobs during the 12-month build, and two ongoing existing jobs.
- Council expects more water rates and charges through more residential and industrial connections, and a reduction in maintenance costs.
- The project will facilitate the growth associated with the CSG industry and other key regional industries.
- It will also harness and convert a current waste product (water) of the CSG industry into a long-term viable economic solution.
- The high level of innovation and technology used by council’s utilities team has kept down costs.
- Chinchilla’s population of around 7300 will have a safe, reliable and cost-effective water supply well into the future, including during floods.
- Protects from the real or perceived threat of untreated CSG water entering the water supply.
- This purpose-built facility allows for the indirect potable re-use of wastewater from the CSG extraction process—an Australian industry first—and paves the way for the industry to continue to grow in partnership with the community without contamination issues.
- It provides a catalyst for the drought-proofing of Queensland's remote communities by sustainable risk mitigation and protective measures.
- 384 solar panels producing 408.9kW/day will improve energy efficiency.
- Refurbishment of the existing raw water pumping station.
- New top-of-the-line potable treatment plant with 15% capacity increase.
- New 3.5mL potable water reservoir and high-service pumping station.
- 4km of raw water pipeline from the pump station to the new treatment plant, with capacity to pump 90L of water/second.
- 4km of treated water transfer main from the potable water reservoir to town supply.
- Multi-barrier ultra-filtration membrane process to achieve high levels of water quality from Chinchilla Weir, including treated CSG water.
Disclaimer: Information on this page may change over the life of the project. Funding amounts referenced are as approved.