Santos GLNG has committed $500,000 for new vehicle washdown facilities in Roma, taking the company's total funding for weed and pest management in regional Queensland to nearly $1 million.
Santos GLNG has also announced a comprehensive new plan for weed and pest management across its Queensland operations, further enhancing the company's leading approach to an important issue for agricultural communities.
Queensland's Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps joined Santos GLNG for the announcement today at the iconic Roma saleyards – where the washdown facility will be built.
Mr Cripps said the washdown facility demonstrated Santos GLNG's commitment to the local community and environment: "It is great to see Santos GLNG make this contribution – a great example of social responsibility and coexistence between the resource and agriculture industries.
"The Newman Government is committed to growing resources and agriculture as two pillars of the Queensland economy and we are pleased to see such great initiatives by Santos GLNG come to life."
The vehicle washdown will be managed by the Maranoa Regional Council, which will provide additional funding of $1 million, and used by Santos GLNG employees and contractors, other businesses and the general public. Construction is expected to begin later this year.
Santos GLNG's Maranoa Regional Manager Sam Klaas said: "Today's announcement shows we are taking our responsibilities to our host communities seriously as we build on our 50-year history of working in regional Queensland."
"How we manage weeds and pests is critically important to the farming community and it's one of the most common questions we receive from landholders.
"Our employees and contractors will use the vehicle washdown and follow our updated management plan to ensure our business meets strict regulatory requirements and exceeds the high standards rightly expected of us by the community," he said.
Maranoa Regional Councillor Jan Chambers said the upgrade of the Council's facilities was a very exciting first step of the implementation of the Roma saleyards master plan.
"Council is working with key stakeholders to come up with a facility that will be a great asset for us in reducing the spread of weeds across the region and of course, washing down the trucks at the saleyards," Cr Chambers said.
"Council has been planning this $1.5 million upgrade for several years and has set aside $1 million for the project; and now with Santos GLNG's contribution, we are able to make it happen."