$13 million funding for Wulguru wastewater management fix

Date published: 23 June 2021

Work on stage three of the southern suburbs rising main project, which will enhance wastewater management in and around Wulguru, is set to start soon after the project attracted $13 million in Townsville City Council’s 2021/22 Budget.

“Council has been working for a number of years to increase capacity of our wastewater system in our southern suburbs,” Mayor Jenny Hill said.

“Stage two of the southern suburbs rising main project was completed in December 2020 and since then, Council officers have been working in preparation for the third and final stage.

“As we said we would, the 2021/22 Budget provides $13 million to undertake this project, which will be completed as soon as possible, further relieving pressure on the wastewater network in this area and allaying residents’ concerns.”

Included in the funding allocation is $5 million to build a new wastewater pump station in Wulguru, $4.5 million to construct a new gravity main and $3.5 million for a new pressure main.

Townsville Water and Waste Committee chairperson Russ Cook said the southern suburbs rising main project would ensure the wastewater system in the area would continue to cater for continued population growth.

“By the time stage three of this project is complete, close to $54 million will have been invested, enhancing our wastewater network in our southern suburbs,” Cr Cook said.

“This is an impressive investment and demonstrates Council’s commitment to ensuring our wastewater network can continue to meet the needs of the community.”