UNVEILED: Minister Anthony Lynham and Cherbourg mayor Arnold Murray officially open the Cherbourg sewerage treatment plant.
UNVEILED: Minister Anthony Lynham and Cherbourg mayor Arnold Murray officially open the Cherbourg sewerage treatment plant. Matt Collins

$15 million Cherbourg wastewater treatment plant opens

CHERBOURG residents will enjoy improved health with the opening of a new $15 million wastewater treatment plant.

Cherbourg Shire mayor Arnold Murray said the project would ensure the town was a better place to live.

"The demand for water is only going to increase and these projects will also help provide water source options for agriculture," he said.

He thanked the State Government for funding the vital infrastructure for the Cherbourg community.

"These projects are tailor-made for the local community needs," Cr Murray said.

Energy minister Anthony Lynham said the new infrastructure was designed to provide for the needs of the community for the next 50 years.

"This new treatment plant means the local Cherbourg community now has a low maintenance and long-lasting wastewater solution," he said.

"It not only delivers on improving the health of the local community, but during construction it secured 2500 hours of work and training for local indigenous workers."

Local Government minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council staff would be trained to maintain the facility, securing a long-term future for the infrastructure and making Cherbourg a more liveable community.

"This is a great example of State and local governments working closely together in the best interest of the local community," he said.

The $15 million funding for the wastewater treatment plant will be complemented by up to $3.9 million from the Indigenous Councils Critical Infrastructure Program to deliver infrastructure upgrades to further improve water quality.

The new plant includes a series of ponds on a site away from the township, with new pump stations, infrastructure and irrigation systems.

Project builders Comdain also gifted the community a revamped operator's office where construction staff pitched in to renovate the old building.