The first funding is flowing from a $120 million State Government program to improve the health and safety of indigenous communities.

Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said almost $20 million from the Indigenous Councils Critical Infrastructure Program had been approved to improve water, wastewater and solid waste facilities through nine councils.

“This program is ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in discrete communities have infrastructure to suit their specific needs and the training to support the infrastructure over the long-term,” he said.

“The end result is safer, healthier drinking water and environment with every community receiving vital infrastructure to provide for a sustainable future.”

The projects include a $3.75 million upgrade of a wastewater treatment plant on Saibai Island and almost $2 million to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant on Mer Island for the Torres Strait Island Regional Council, while other Torres Strait communities will receive upgrades to improve water quality.

The Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council will receive a $2.76 million upgrade to its water treatment plant, wastewater and solid waste facilities and the Aurukun Shire Council will receive a $1.8 million upgrade to its solid waste facility.

  • In the 2017-18 State Budget, the Queensland Government announced funding of $120 million over four years for the ICCIP, which delivers repairs and upgrades to critical water, wastewater and solid waste infrastructure for 16 Indigenous councils. More at https://www.dilgp.qld.gov.au/iccip