$75m plant on track
WORK on the biggest public project ever commissioned by Tweed Shire Council, a $75 million upgrade of the Bray Park Water Treatment Plant, took a major step forward yesterday.
A giant crane lifted a 12-tonne lime storage silo into place in the new complex which is on schedule to be up and running by the end of the year.
Tweed Shire Council's director of community and natural resources David Oxenham said the 100-tonne crane lifted a lime silo into correct position.
“The silo will store the lime which is a normal water treatment process to stabilise the drinking water,” he said.
Mr Oxenham said the Bray Park water treatment plant was the largest individual facility the council had built and would “deliver significantly improved drinking water quality across the Tweed for future generations”.
“The plant will have the capacity to process 100 million litres per day and will be the primary water supply for the Tweed,” he said.
“The bulk of the structures have been completed, with mechanical and electrical fit-outs currently under way.”
In September 2007 the then council administrators approved a $62.2 million tender from plumbing and building group Reed Construction Australia for expansion of the plant on the south western side of Murwillumbah.
The contract, which in- cludes GST, is the biggest part of a $75 million, 10-year-plan to keep fresh water pumped through the town network.
The network covers areas from Murwillumbah to Pottsville, the Tweed Coast and Tweed Heads.
According to council, the expansion will allow the current capacity of the Bray Park station to be increased from 55 megalitres a day to 100 megalitres a day.
In 2007 administrators Max Boyd and Garry Payne were told the expansion in capacity would ensure “a safe and reli- able water supply to service the shire's expanding population base”.
The $62 million is to be paid from the council's water fund as well as borrowings.
Council staff said the Bray Park plant was needed to cater for a population in the Tweed of 120,000 by the year 2020.