Goondiwindi Regional Council Mayor, Graeme Scheu says he was thrilled to get the news of a $426,435 state grant to augment the existing Inglewood Sewerage Plant.
Mayor Scheu says he got the news while attending the Local Government Association of Queensland Annual Conference, held in Gladstone.
“The funds will augment the existing Inglewood Sewerage Plant to provide for the safe and reliable disposal of effluent after treatment. Until now we have had to rely on third party agreements and the goodwill of others to dispose of this effluent and more importantly to comply with the conditions of our Environmental Licence.”
“We will now be able to transfer excess effluent to a parcel of land that Council owns for dispersal.”
The Funds come as part of the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program offered by the Queensland State Government.
Mayor Scheu says while the sewerage funding is welcomed, several other key projects were ignored in the grants process.
“Council submitted several other projects for consideration, including the Goondiwindi Animal Management Facility; however, these projects were not successful in securing funding.”
“We will also be busy knocking on doors and looking for opportunities to fund the other projects. The Premier also announced today that the very successful Works for Queensland funding program was likely to continue and possibly expand, which is some very positive news for our region”.
Mayor Scheu also congratulated the Goondiwindi Rugby League Football Club for their successful application to the Department of Sport & Recreation Get Playing Spaces program to fund a $149,855 upgrade of the lighting at the Gilbert Oval complex.