Community's input drives possible treatment plant sites
Published: 13 November 2018
Feedback from the community has been a major consideration in Logan City Council identifying two preferred sites for a new wastewater treatment plant to service the growth corridor between Park Ridge and Yarrabilba.
City Roads and Water Committee Chairman, Councillor Phil Pidgeon said Council had prepared a comprehensive siting study for the new state-of-the-art facility that could be operational by late 2021, depending on funding and approvals.
“Council used feedback from the recent community consultation period to develop criteria for comparing locations,” he said.
“Twenty-four sites were initially considered, including those identified in previous planning work, sites offered to Council for sale during the consultation period, and some relevant sites for sale commercially.
“As part of the study, 19 sites were found to be unsuitable due to the lack of available flood-free land, and a number of other issues, including accessibility and proximity to adjoining residential properties.
“Five sites were then considered in more detail, but there was no ideal site with zero community impacts.
"As part of that detailed investigation, the community's input was weighted at 40 per cent, but there was also criteria for environmental considerations and cost, weighted at 30 per cent each.
“A key benefit of the two preferred sites is that they offer potential local business opportunities associated with agriculture and the reuse of high quality treated water.”
Cr Pidgeon said Council would continue a transparent process for the treatment plant location but the report had to be confidential to protect the privacy of residents and relevant property owners.
“The next steps will be for Council officers to start discussions with the property owners to determine if they are willing to sell their land,” he said.
“Once initial discussions have been held with these property owners, Council will release further information to the community, most likely early next year.
“It's important to note that Council is committed to negotiating property acquisitions for this essential infrastructure by private treaty rather than by compulsory acquisition wherever possible.”
For more information about the project, visit logan.qld.gov.au/majorwaterprojects
- The first stage of the treatment plant will service approximately 20,000 people.
- Ultimately, the treatment plant will cater for up to 172,000 residents.
- The first stage is projected to cost around $50 million and could be operational by late 2021, depending on funding and approvals.
- The facility will be jointly funded by Council and the Queensland Government via Economic Development Queensland. Council will be the project manager.