Wastewater Treatment Plant Update

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Consultation has concluded

A new wastewater treatment plant has been built at Point Lookout on the site of the former 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 has been built at Point Lookout on the site of the former 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.

Consultation has concluded
  • Media release issued about new wastewater plant

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    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

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    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.

  • Council starts $1.4 million water works

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    Redland City Council has begun a $1.4 million upgrade of the water supply network and sewerage pumping stations at Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island.

    Divisional Councillor Craig Ogilvie said the water works, which are expected to be complete by July 2015, would ensure future supply and increase water pressure in key areas.

    “Council is spending $750,000 on works to improve water capacity and pressure, which is important during peak seasons and also ensures the township’s firefighting resilience in emergencies,” Cr Ogilvie said.

    “Works will be undertaken by contractors and Council’s Project Delivery Group and there will be some instances where water supply will need to be shut off.

    “Council will ensure affected residents receive adequate notice of any water interruptions and we’ll do our best to minimise any short term inconvenience,” he said.

    Cr Ogilvie said that in addition to the water mains works, Council was also about to begin a $650,000 upgrade of sewerage pumping stations at Point Lookout.

    “In the next couple of months residents may see contractors working on the six pumping stations we have at Point Lookout to install new switchboards and larger pumps,” he said.

    “The renewal of these assets provides essential reliability in preparation for the new wastewater treatment plant due to begin construction later this year.

    “After the new plant is commissioned in 2016, Council will be looking to extend the sewerage network to capture more properties currently using septic systems and the upgraded pump stations will allow for this future growth.”

    Redland City’s Infrastructure spokesperson Cr Paul Gleeson said the works were part of a significant investment in water infrastructure in Council’s 2014 – 2015 Budget.

    “These water and wastewater projects will bring environmental and social benefits to the Point Lookout community,” he said.

    “Council’s current budget includes more than $13 million worth of wastewater and water projects throughout the City.”


    Originally published on Redland City Council News on 4 May, 2015.
    http://news.redland.qld.gov.au/2015/05/council-starts-1-4-million-water-works-at-point-lookout/


  • New wastewater treatment plant

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    A new, state-of-the-art Wastewater Treatment plant at Point Lookout has taken the next step with Redland City Council calling for Expressions of Interest to design and construct the facility.

    Division 2 Councillor for North Stradbroke Island Cr Craig Ogilvie said while the final design of the new plant was yet to be decided, the Expression of Interest included stipulations for the new plant to provide environmental improvements and eliminate odour for near-by residents.

    “The current plant is more than 30 years old and is nearing the end of its useful life, meaning it has become quite expensive to maintain and doesn’t meet the needs of a growing Point Lookout community.

    “The new facility will use state of the art treatment technology, which will result in considerable environmental improvements, most notably eliminating odour emissions, which is a key consideration of the plant’s design.

    “The new facility is expected to be completed by the end of 2016 and will increase sewering capacity, allowing all Point Lookout properties to be sewered in the future.

    “The current plant struggles to manage demand during the peak tourism season, so the new plant will mean this will soon be a thing of the past.”

    Cr Ogilvie said the new facility would be located at the site of the existing plant so little vegetation clearing was required.

    “Building the new plant on the footprint of the existing facility reduces the impact on vegetation, maintaining Straddies strong environmental character,” he said.

    “Using the latest technology, the new facility will also result in wastewater being treated to a much higher quality, which will again support the environment.

    “The new facility will also be able to accommodate Straddie’s expected growth and will provide economic benefits during construction and commissioning.”

    Cr Ogilvie said Council would work with the successful construction contractor to minimise impacts on residents.

    “With any large construction project there will be some minor disruptions, but Council will work hard to keep the community informed as to the progress of the project and reduce any associated impacts on residents,” he said.

    “Council has already written to residents in the immediate vicinity of the plant and will continue to provide regular updates.”

    Originally published on Redland City Council News on 30 October, 2014
    http://news.redland.qld.gov.au/2014/10/new-wastewater-treatment-plant-for-point-lookout/