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$5 million essential asset improvement project takes shape

25 Sep 2014

Essential assets underground are receiving a much-needed overhaul in Roma, with a $5 million Roma Sewerage Augmentation Project currently taking shape thanks to Council funding, along with significant contributions from the State Government, Australia Pacific LNG and Santos GLNG.

The project, which is also funded under the State Government’s Royalties for the Regions program and is being undertaken by FBD Constructions, will see the upgrades of key sewer mains across town replaced with wider mains, as well as the installation of two new pump stations.

The project has been divided into a number of stages, including:

Stage 1 - Long drain to receive a 375mm gravity sewer main.
Stage 2 - Tiffin Street to receive a 450mm pressure rising main.
Stage 3 - Long drain to receive a 525mm gravity sewer main.
Stage 4A - New pumping station at Whip Street.
Stage 4B - New pumping station at Tiffin Street and connecting 375mm gravity sewer main.
Stage 5 - Whip Street – Cottell Street to receive a 100mm pressure rising main.

Councillor David Schefe, Portfolio Chair for Utilities said he is excited to see these works take place.

“While the majority of this infrastructure is underground, a great deal of effort and money is going into infrastructure that will enhance this service for our residents,” Cr Schefe.

“The mains that will be replaced are reaching the end of their life – this large scale upgrade will see the load on the mains taken to the treatment plant quicker, as well as significantly reducing the chances of leakage.”

“With our population ever expanding and with the level of activity in our region, these upgrades are important to ensuring our sewer mains can handle additional growth well into the future.”

Representing Origin, on behalf of the Australia Pacific LNG Project, Community Relations Manager Scott Bird said the upgrade works were another example of the gas industry contributing to provide a beneficial legacy in the regions where it operates.

“These works will benefit all residents for years to come as Roma continues to grow.” Mr Bird said.

Santos GLNG Acting Maranoa Regional Manager Andrew Snars said Santos GLNG took its responsibility to make a positive contribution to the community seriously and was pleased to contribute $1 million towards important upgrades to Roma’s sewerage system.

“The Roma region is benefiting on the back of the natural gas industry’s local development, and we’re happy to help make sure critical infrastructure meets the town’s needs now and into the future,” Mr Snars said.

While Council and our contractors are taking the utmost care to ensure there is minimal disruption during these works, where direct impacts are scheduled, prior notice will be given to residents.

The Roma Sewerage Augmentation Project aims to support sustainable economic growth through the investment in key services and facilities. The project is funded under the Royalties for the Regions program and is estimated to total $5,380,260M. Key funding contributions coming from State Government ($2,180,260), Australia Pacific LNG ($1,500,000), Santos GLNG ($1,000,000) and Maranoa Regional Council ($700,000). Council recognises these contributions in providing essential infrastructure that will facilitate affordable housing initiatives in the Maranoa.