Queensland Urban Utilities builds for future growth  

 

Queensland Urban Utilities will invest $319 million in the next 12 months to continue to provide high quality and reliable water and sewerage services for more than 1.3 million residents in its service regions. Queensland Urban Utilities Chairperson, Jude Munro AO, said the expenditure was part of a $3.2 billion, 10-year capital works investment in water and sewerage infrastructure by Queensland Urban Utilities.

  

“Today our Board announced that it is freezing water and sewerage prices for 2012-13 for our residential customers, in line with our commitment to lowering the cost of living for families. “This price freeze will not compromise our investment in upgrading and improving the reliability of our water and sewerage infrastructure,” she said. The 2012-13 expenditure covers more than 89 separate projects in Brisbane, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset local government areas and delivers significant benefits to existing customers and those in new and expanding residential areas.
  

Some projects will double the capacity of existing systems and networks. “We are building for the future to cater for the expected significant population growth in the transport corridors to the west and south of Brisbane, as well as to cater for urban renewal in the inner city and suburbs,” Ms Munro said. “The 2012-13 capital works program has been subject to ongoing rigorous review to ensure it continues to be prudent and efficient so as to minimise the impact on prices.

 

“Of the $319 million capital investment next year, $202 million will be invested in Brisbane, $79 million in Ipswich and $38 million in the Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset service territories.” “This directly reflects the planning and growth priorities of the Councils in these areas, and we have worked very closely with the Mayors and their Council representatives to reflect these in next year’s capital investment program. Ms Munro said major projects to be undertaken in 2012-13 by Queensland Urban Utilities will include:

 

Brisbane – Woolloongabba sewer catchment augmentation (2012-13 spend: $16.2 million; total project cost: $85.9 million)

 

• Brisbane – Bulimba Creek trunk sewer upgrade – (2012-13 spend: $15.8 million; total project cost: $51.7 million)

 

• Ipswich – Goodna sewage treatment plant upgrade Stage 4A (2012-13 spend: $14 million; total project cost: $114.8 million)

 

• Ipswich – Woogaroo Creek (Goodna) trunk sewer augmentation (2012-13 spend: $10.2 million; total project cost: $65.7 million)

 

• Ipswich – Bundamba Creek trunk gravity main implementation – Stage 1a and 1b (2012-13: $10 million; total project cost: $15.3 million)

 

• Somerset – Fernvale sewage treatment plant upgrade (2012-13 spend: $7.8 million; total project cost: $63.4 million).

 

• Lockyer Valley water supply contingency improvement (2012-13 spend: $3.1 million; total project cost: $3.1 million)

 

• Lockyer Valley regional wastewater transfer scheme – design phase (2012-13 spend: $2.6 million; total project cost: $63.1 million)

 

• Scenic Rim and Lockyer Valley – Western Services Area lagoons enhancements’ (2012-13 spend: $4.8 million; total project cost: $5.8 million).

 

Other significant 2012-13 capital expenditure projects planned by Queensland Urban Utilities across its five service regions include:

 

• Ipswich – Rosewood sewage treatment plant Stage 2a, design phase (2012-13: $3.7 million; total project cost: $8.8 million)

 

• Lockyer Valley – Western Drive, Gatton pump station (SP411) and rising main upgrade (2012-13: $1.5 million; total project cost: $3.8 million).

 

Queensland Urban Utilities will continue to use industry leading techniques on its 2012-13 infrastructure projects, Ms Munro said. These include micro-tunnelling, which provides precise incline for gravity-flow piping, and directional drilling which allows work to be done at considerable depths under rivers, creeks and roads with minimum surface disruption. Queensland Urban Utilities has assets worth $4.3 billion across its 14,300 square kilometre service territory. Ms Munro said Queensland Urban Utilities had not sought to pass onto customers the financial impacts of the January 2011 floods which destroyed or damaged a third of the company’s water and sewerage network. “Almost $59 million has been spent in flood-related infrastructure repairs since January 2011,” she said.

 

 

 

About Queensland Urban Utilities
Established on 1 July 2010, Queensland Urban Utilities is one of the largest water distributorretailers in Australia, providing water and sewerage services to more than 1.3 million residents across Brisbane, Ipswich, the Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset local authority areas. We are upgrading and improving the reliability of our infrastructure by investing $3.2 billion in a 10-year capital works program. Our service territory covers 14,364 square kilometres and we employ around 1,200 people.

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