The opening of a new wastewater plant in Goulburn today will provide modern sewage treatment facilities of the highest environmental standards and treated effluent for sustainable re-use.
Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor said the project, which is the first stage of a larger scheme, would increase the capacity of wastewater treatment to reach an extra 10,000 people.
“The treatment plant will connect to around 10,500 properties in the City of Goulburn, a number which is expected to increase with time,” Mr Taylor said.
“The project, supported with a $10million Federal funding grant, has created 500 jobs during construction, which is another enormous investment in the local community.”
Assistant Minister for Territories and Regional Development Sussan Ley said the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant, pump station and rising main would help distribute re-used water to Goulburn and the Southern Tablelands region and even as far north as the Sydney Catchment.
“This was a huge project, constructing a new concrete flow-receiving structure, an in-ground concrete raw sewage lift pump station and the refurbishment of an existing grit tank,” Ms Ley said.
“In addition, the construction of new effluent discharge infrastructure and improvements to an existing effluent pump station will help process the recycled wastewater for a more productive use down the line.”
Mayor of Goulburn Mulwaree Bob Kirk said the completion of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade provides the necessary infrastructure for sustainable treatment of the City’s sewage now and into the future.
“We are now able to treat sewage to modern standards and can accommodate the significant population growth we expect to see in the coming decades,” Cr Kirk said.
“The upgrade also means fantastic community outcomes including the ability to provide a re-use product for irrigation on sporting fields and parkland throughout the area – this product will also be available to potential customers in the future.”
This project was jointly funded with the Australian Government investing $10 million and Goulburn Mulwaree Council $22 million.