Cairns Regional City has awarded a $5.3 million contract to Rob Carr for the construction component of a major sewerage network upgrade.
The council today approved the $7.63 million Earlville Sewerage Upgrade Stage 1, which will address performance issues on the existing trunk sewer network.
Homes in Westcourt, Bungalow, Mooroobool and Earlville are expected to benefit from the project, which includes construction of a new 1.58km gravity system and replacement of the sewer pump station in McCoombe St.
Mayor Bob Manning said the project was the latest in a series of sewerage upgrades across the region, aimed at improving the performance of the network.
“We’ve spent $56 million over the past six years on improving our sewerage network,” Cr Manning said. “Maintaining our critical infrastructure is absolutely vital and we will continue to invest in our sewer network.
“Council is responsible for maintaining 1260km of sewer mains across the region, which is a massive undertaking.
“This project in particular will help to alleviate issues experienced by residents in heavy rain, as we saw during the flood events last month.
“We are progressively working through a comprehensive program of sewer replacement and relining in our city’s older suburbs, where ground water infiltration can become a problem for ageing pipes.”
The contract awarded to Rob Carr, part of the Seymour Whyte group, covers the construction component of stage 1 of the Earlville project, which is expected to start next month and take just under 12 months to complete.
Stage 2 works will include the upgrade of a further pump station and will be undertaken once Stage 1 is complete.