Building Solid Foundations For The Future

Posted on July 8, 2014 · Posted in Southern Downs Regional Council

Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) has had a busy start to 2014 and recorded some major milestones late last year and into the new year.

In November the Mayor Cr Peter Blundell inspected the beginning of the Allora water pipeline project. This $5 million project will ensure the town has a reliable and high quality water supply.

The design of the project ensures the Allora community has a usable service life for many years into the future. The project will be completed in several stages but overall there is about 26km of water main pipe from the Freestone Reservoir to the current reservoir at Allora.

Cr Blundell said the water pipeline was an important piece of infrastructure for the Allora community and he is pleased to see project milestones are being reached.

In other water infrastructure news Council is also starting its $350,000 water main replacement program this year. This is vital work and would initially involve the installation of 1,015 metres of new pipe along one of the major streets in Warwick.

Council’s water mains replacement program aims to replace the oldest pipes and those pipes in poor condition in a priority order. We are using High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) piping, which is recognised as being easier and quicker to install as we progressively renew the water main system.

Another major achievement for SDRC has been the establishment of an aviation fuel facility at Warwick Aerodrome. In January council unanimously voted to approve the fuel facility to encourage the growth of business in the aerodrome precinct.

There is a great deal of support from the local aviation community for installation of a $75,000 refuelling facility. This is a win-win project for Council as the cost of installation will be recovered through fuel sales. Council will also train two staff members to operate the fuel facility.

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