Wastewater Treatment Plant Update

A new wastewater treatment plant is under construction at Point Lookout on the site of the existing plant at Tramican Street.

The new plant will deliver considerable benefits to the Point Lookout community, including improved environmental performance and economic benefits during construction and commissioning.
Construction commenced in November 2015, with the project scheduled for completion by early 2017. Technology has improved considerably since the original plant was built more than 30 years ago and the new, state-of-the-art plant will be designed with specialised odour control to minimise odour nuisance for nearby residents.

The new plant will have capacity for the sewerage network to be expanded to include more properties at Point Lookout in the future. It will also be able to respond to seasonal fluctuations of the town's population, with capacity to process 1600kL of wastewater per day. By comparison, demand is currently 700kL per day during peak holiday periods.

The Point Lookout Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade is a joint initiative of Redland City Council and the Queensland Government. Sign up to receive regular updates about the project, including site works notices. To speak with a Redland Water officer about any concerns or for further information, please call 3829 8999.

A new wastewater treatment plant is under construction at Point Lookout on the site of the existing plant at Tramican Street.

The new plant will deliver considerable benefits to the Point Lookout community, including improved environmental performance and economic benefits during construction and commissioning.
Construction commenced in November 2015, with the project scheduled for completion by early 2017. Technology has improved considerably since the original plant was built more than 30 years ago and the new, state-of-the-art plant will be designed with specialised odour control to minimise odour nuisance for nearby residents.

The new plant will have capacity for the sewerage network to be expanded to include more properties at Point Lookout in the future. It will also be able to respond to seasonal fluctuations of the town's population, with capacity to process 1600kL of wastewater per day. By comparison, demand is currently 700kL per day during peak holiday periods.

The Point Lookout Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade is a joint initiative of Redland City Council and the Queensland Government. Sign up to receive regular updates about the project, including site works notices. To speak with a Redland Water officer about any concerns or for further information, please call 3829 8999.

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  • Project update: access track to be upgraded

    about 21 hours ago

    The access track from Tramican St to the new wastewater treatment plant will be upgraded this week (weather permitting). Residents may notice an increase in truck movements on Tramican St as gravel is delivered to site. There may also be some noise and vibration from a roller working on the track. The work is expected to be completed on 1 September.

    The access track from Tramican St to the new wastewater treatment plant will be upgraded this week (weather permitting). Residents may notice an increase in truck movements on Tramican St as gravel is delivered to site. There may also be some noise and vibration from a roller working on the track. The work is expected to be completed on 1 September.

  • Project update: construction well underway

    4 months ago
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    The Point Lookout Waste Water Treatment Plant Upgrade is well underway with construction expected to be completed in July and wet commissioning conducted in August and September.

    This $13.5 million dollar project will ultimately service 4600 residents and visitors at Point Lookout during peak periods. The new plant will provide a minimal impact to the environment and greatly reduce odour concerns. Membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology will ensure a higher quality effluent through ultra-fine screening, denitrification, chemical phosphorous removal, membrane treatment and disinfection. Planning is also underway to sewer remaining areas of Point Lookout that currently use septic tanks.

    Check out... Continue reading

    The Point Lookout Waste Water Treatment Plant Upgrade is well underway with construction expected to be completed in July and wet commissioning conducted in August and September.

    This $13.5 million dollar project will ultimately service 4600 residents and visitors at Point Lookout during peak periods. The new plant will provide a minimal impact to the environment and greatly reduce odour concerns. Membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology will ensure a higher quality effluent through ultra-fine screening, denitrification, chemical phosphorous removal, membrane treatment and disinfection. Planning is also underway to sewer remaining areas of Point Lookout that currently use septic tanks.

    Check out these time lapse videos to see the progress of work on the Slab and Northern Wall.

    This article originally appeared in On Tap in the Redlands Issue 1 – April 2016.

  • Project update: Concrete trucks on Cumming Parade and Tramican Street Friday 29 January

    7 months ago

    On Friday 29 January (weather permitting), a concrete pour is scheduled as part of the Point Lookout Wastewater Treatment Plant, which may cause minor delays on surrounding roads.

    Approximately 17 concrete trucks will enter the Tramican Street site via George Nothling Drive and Cummings Parade over the course of the day.

    Concrete trucks, accompanied by a spotter vehicle and traffic management, will reverse up Cummings Parade at a speed of 10km per hour before turning into the site. Due to the steep incline, it is necessary for these trucks to reverse to safely access the site and not spill... Continue reading

    On Friday 29 January (weather permitting), a concrete pour is scheduled as part of the Point Lookout Wastewater Treatment Plant, which may cause minor delays on surrounding roads.

    Approximately 17 concrete trucks will enter the Tramican Street site via George Nothling Drive and Cummings Parade over the course of the day.

    Concrete trucks, accompanied by a spotter vehicle and traffic management, will reverse up Cummings Parade at a speed of 10km per hour before turning into the site. Due to the steep incline, it is necessary for these trucks to reverse to safely access the site and not spill any concrete.

    Work is scheduled to commence at 8am and is expected to be finished by 2pm. During this period, residents may notice vehicle noise as the trucks travel to site.

    To speak to a Redland Water officer about any concerns, please call 3829 8999.

    The Point Lookout Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade is a joint initiative of Redland City Council and the Queensland Government and will significantly improve effluent quality while reducing the impact of wastewater on the island’s unique environment.


  • Project update: Concrete trucks on Cumming Parade and Tramican Street Thursday 17 December

    9 months ago

    On Thursday 17 December (weather permitting) there will be a concrete pour at the Point Lookout Wastewater Treatment Plant construction site.

    This will involve approximately 17 concrete trucks entering the site via George Nothling Drive and Cummings Parade over the course of the day. Work is scheduled to commence at 8am and may cause minor traffic delays.

    Concrete trucks, accompanied by a spotter vehicle and traffic management, will reverse at a speed of 10km per hour up Cummings Parade before turning into the site. Due to the steep incline, it is necessary for these trucks to... Continue reading

    On Thursday 17 December (weather permitting) there will be a concrete pour at the Point Lookout Wastewater Treatment Plant construction site.

    This will involve approximately 17 concrete trucks entering the site via George Nothling Drive and Cummings Parade over the course of the day. Work is scheduled to commence at 8am and may cause minor traffic delays.

    Concrete trucks, accompanied by a spotter vehicle and traffic management, will reverse at a speed of 10km per hour up Cummings Parade before turning into the site. Due to the steep incline, it is necessary for these trucks to reverse to safely access the site and not spill any concrete.

    To speak to a Redland Water officer about any concerns, please call 3829 8999.

    The Point Lookout Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade is a joint initiative of Redland City Council and the Queensland Government and will significantly improve effluent quality while reducing the impact of wastewater on the island’s unique environment.

  • Project update: Concrete trucks on Cumming Parade and Tramican Street Friday 11 December

    9 months ago

    On Friday 11 December (weather permitting) there will be a concrete pour at the Point Lookout Wastewater Treatment Plant construction site.

    This will involve approximately 25 concrete trucks entering the site via George Nothling Drive and Cummings Parade over the course of the day. Work is scheduled to take place from 8am and may cause minor traffic delays.

    Concrete trucks, accompanied by a spotter and traffic management, will reverse at a speed of 10km per hour up Cummings Parade before turning into the site. Due to the steep incline, it is necessary for these trucks to reverse to safely access... Continue reading

    On Friday 11 December (weather permitting) there will be a concrete pour at the Point Lookout Wastewater Treatment Plant construction site.

    This will involve approximately 25 concrete trucks entering the site via George Nothling Drive and Cummings Parade over the course of the day. Work is scheduled to take place from 8am and may cause minor traffic delays.

    Concrete trucks, accompanied by a spotter and traffic management, will reverse at a speed of 10km per hour up Cummings Parade before turning into the site. Due to the steep incline, it is necessary for these trucks to reverse to safely access the site and not spill any concrete.

    To speak to a Redland Water officer about any concerns, please call 3829 8999.

    The Point Lookout Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade is a joint initiative of Redland City Council and the Queensland Government and will significantly improve effluent quality while reducing the impact of wastewater on the island’s unique environment.


  • Construction has commenced

    9 months ago

    Project contractor Downer Tenix advise that construction has commenced on the new wastewater treatment plant at Tramican Street, Point Lookout. Major upcoming activities include:

    • Bulk earth works
    • Construction of MBR tank (formwork, steel installation and concrete pours)
    • Installation of incoming rising mains on the plant access track
    • Construction of new administration and blower buildings

    Further notifications will be provided of activities that may have a greater impact on the community. These shall be issued closer to the time of each activity.

    Downer Tenix will work to minimise impact to the community during construction. In coming... Continue reading

    Project contractor Downer Tenix advise that construction has commenced on the new wastewater treatment plant at Tramican Street, Point Lookout. Major upcoming activities include:

    • Bulk earth works
    • Construction of MBR tank (formwork, steel installation and concrete pours)
    • Installation of incoming rising mains on the plant access track
    • Construction of new administration and blower buildings

    Further notifications will be provided of activities that may have a greater impact on the community. These shall be issued closer to the time of each activity.

    Downer Tenix will work to minimise impact to the community during construction. In coming weeks, residents may notice excavators and equipment being trucked to site, semi-trailers delivering construction material, and concrete trucks accessing the site via George Nothling Drive and Cumming Parade.

    Construction is expected to be completed by the end of August 2016, weather permitting, with the new plant fully operational by early 2017.

    The project is a joint initiative of Redland City Council and the Queensland Government and will significantly improve effluent quality while reducing the impact of wastewater on the island’s unique environment.


  • $3.3 million State boost for Point Lookout Wastewater Treatment Plant

    10 months ago

    The new $13 million wastewater treatment plant at Point Lookout has received a major boost with the State Government contributing more than $3.3 million towards the crucial piece of community infrastructure.

    Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council had been successful in receiving funding through the 2015-16 Local Government Grants and Support Program.

    “Scheduled for commissioning in late 2016, this upgrade is an important community project – coming at a time where the island is transitioning from sand mining,” she said.

    “The new plant replaces ageing infrastructure and will provide many social, economic and environmental benefits to the community.

    “It... Continue reading

    The new $13 million wastewater treatment plant at Point Lookout has received a major boost with the State Government contributing more than $3.3 million towards the crucial piece of community infrastructure.

    Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council had been successful in receiving funding through the 2015-16 Local Government Grants and Support Program.

    “Scheduled for commissioning in late 2016, this upgrade is an important community project – coming at a time where the island is transitioning from sand mining,” she said.

    “The new plant replaces ageing infrastructure and will provide many social, economic and environmental benefits to the community.

    “It will not only provide direct and indirect economic benefits to the community during construction, but allow Council to progress its plans to extend the township’s sewerage network.

    “We know there have been issues with the existing plant’s ability to cope with peak holiday times, so it’s wonderful to see this upgrade underway.

    “We are grateful for the support the project has received to allow this to happen, particularly from the State Government and the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation.”

    The design of the new wastewater treatment plant allows for seasonal changes in wastewater flow and future growth as more properties are able to move from septic systems.

    Using membrane bioreactor technology, the plant will have strict odour controls and capacity to treat 1600 kilolitres of wastewater a day, more than twice the current highest flow of 700 kilolitres a day that the township experiences in its busiest peak holiday season.

    Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said the State Government recognised the important place improved infrastructure held in the island’s future.

    “Our Government has committed to helping the North Stradbroke Island economy transition successfully to the end of sand mining,” she said.

    “This will include a focus on eco-friendly tourism, but we first need to ensure that the island has adequate infrastructure in place to allow this to happen.

    “The Point Lookout Waste Water Treatment Plant upgrade will see a 30-year-old facility replaced with a state-of-the-art plant that will meet the needs of the community for decades to come.”

    The Point Lookout Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade is a joint initiative of the Redland City Council and the State Government. Subscribe for updates about the project as it progresses.

  • Update of construction schedule

    11 months ago

    Detailed design of the new wastewater treatment plant continues and principal contractor Downer Tenix expects to establish the site mid-October. Earthworks are scheduled to commence in the first week of November, with civil and structural works to follow in late November and continue until August 2016.

    Residents may notice an increase in heavy vehicles on the island and traffic on Tramican Street from mid-October until the end of the year as the project team mobilises and equipment is transported to site.

    Construction is expected to be completed by the end of August 2016, weather permitting. The new plant will then... Continue reading

    Detailed design of the new wastewater treatment plant continues and principal contractor Downer Tenix expects to establish the site mid-October. Earthworks are scheduled to commence in the first week of November, with civil and structural works to follow in late November and continue until August 2016.

    Residents may notice an increase in heavy vehicles on the island and traffic on Tramican Street from mid-October until the end of the year as the project team mobilises and equipment is transported to site.

    Construction is expected to be completed by the end of August 2016, weather permitting. The new plant will then be commissioned, with peak flow testing over the busy Christmas holiday period. The project is expected to be completed by early 2017 and the existing plant demolished once the new plant is operational.

  • Media release issued about new wastewater plant

    about 1 year ago

    Issued: Friday 28 August

    Construction on a $12.8 million, state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant on North Stradbroke Island will commence before the end of the year with leading Australian engineering contractor Downer Tenix appointed to build the plant.

    Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Downer Tenix had been awarded the contract to design and construct the new wastewater treatment plant on the site of the existing plant at Tramican Street, Point Lookout.

    “Having built a number of similar wastewater treatment plants in coastal locations with fluctuating seasonal populations, including the Whitsundays and Bega, Downer Tenix are well-placed to manage this project,”... Continue reading

    Issued: Friday 28 August

    Construction on a $12.8 million, state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant on North Stradbroke Island will commence before the end of the year with leading Australian engineering contractor Downer Tenix appointed to build the plant.

    Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Downer Tenix had been awarded the contract to design and construct the new wastewater treatment plant on the site of the existing plant at Tramican Street, Point Lookout.

    “Having built a number of similar wastewater treatment plants in coastal locations with fluctuating seasonal populations, including the Whitsundays and Bega, Downer Tenix are well-placed to manage this project,” she said.

    “Detailed design is now underway, with construction expected to commence in November this
    year and the project completed by early 2017.”

    Cr Williams said technology had improved considerably since the original plant was built and the new plant would protect the island’s unique environment through its high quality wastewater treatment methods and improved odour control.

    “The existing wastewater treatment plant at Point Lookout was built more than 30 years ago and no longer meets the needs of the community, particularly during the peak tourism season,” she said.

    “Council has undertaken extensive environmental and engineering modelling, as well as consultation with the key stakeholders to determine the best location, treatment option and wastewater disposal method for the new plant.

    “One of the key considerations in the plant design is odour control; we are committed to ensuring odour nuisances are mitigated for the community.

    “The new plant will use Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) technology, proven technology that will provide the best outcome for residents and the environment in terms of the quality of effluent treatment, the operation and maintenance of the plant and minimal odour for neighbouring residences.

    “As well as the environmental benefits, the new plant will provide economic benefits during construction and support seasonal population changes well into the future.”

    Division 2 Councillor for North Stradbroke Island Craig Ogilvie said six pump stations at Point Lookout had been upgraded in the past six months to improve their reliability and performance in
    preparation for the new treatment plant, which will have capacity to meet expected future sewerage connections.

    “In addition to being more reliable and environmentally friendly than the current plant, the new plant will also allow the Point Lookout sewerage system to be expanded in the future, which is a huge benefit to residents still on septic,” he said.

  • Wastewater projects on North Stradbroke Island

    about 1 year ago

    As the new wastewater treatment plant at Point Lookout will not be completed until early 2017, Council continues to look at ways of reducing odours from the existing plant, with the aim of minimising impacts on neighbouring properties. Learn more about these odour mitigation measures​.

    In other wastewater news, the Dunwich sewerage network has been extended to an additional 189 properties, as part of a $2.26 million Council project. The project commenced in July 2014 with an announcement from Redland City Mayor Karen Williams. Learn more about the project from the Dunwich sewerage frequently asked questions.

    As the new wastewater treatment plant at Point Lookout will not be completed until early 2017, Council continues to look at ways of reducing odours from the existing plant, with the aim of minimising impacts on neighbouring properties. Learn more about these odour mitigation measures​.

    In other wastewater news, the Dunwich sewerage network has been extended to an additional 189 properties, as part of a $2.26 million Council project. The project commenced in July 2014 with an announcement from Redland City Mayor Karen Williams. Learn more about the project from the Dunwich sewerage frequently asked questions.