$77m sewerage project completed

WHILE Clarence Valley Council waits for an answer from the State Government to guarantee funds for the future of the Iluka sewerage upgrade, the $77.5 million sewerage project for Grafton, Maclean, Lawrence, Townsend and Ilarwill is completed.

The sewerage augmentation that has been in development for more than 10 years will provide recycled water to the Grafton Racecourse, Westlawn Golf Course, Grafton greyhound track, Frank McGurren sporting complex and the Maclean golf course and reticulated sewerage to Lawrence.

Construction of the system was split into four major contracts, including closing existing sewage treatment plants (STP) at Maclean, Townsend, Ilarwill and South Grafton which were unable to meet current environmental standards; constructing a new regional STP at Woodford Island servicing existing schemes in Maclean, Townsend and Ilarwill as well as the unsewered town of Lawrence; and upgrading the existing North Grafton STP and augmenting treatment capacity at the existing Clarenza STP.

Three closed STP sites were also rehabilitated at Junction Hill.

Mayor Richie Williamson said despite extensive wet weather and the 2009 flood, the project was completed within its pre-construction estimates.

“South Grafton residents in particular will be delighted that, after many years of waiting, the South Grafton STP on the corner of Rushforth Road and Tyson Street has finally closed,” Cr Williamson said. “I would like to acknowledge the financial assistance provided from the NSW State Government through its Country Towns Water Supply and Sewerage Scheme for this project.”



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