News Date: 08 Mar 2018
The first funding from a $120 million Palaszczuk Government program to improve the health and safety of indigenous communities is flowing to councils including the Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council.
Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the Cherbourg council had received the initial payments for projects worth more than $2.76 million from the Indigenous Councils Critical Infrastructure Program.
“The end result is a safer community with healthier drinking water plus a solid waste facility that can effectively manage diverse types of waste and contaminants.
“The program ensures the Cherbourg community has infrastructure to suit their specific needs and the training to support the infrastructure over the long-term.”
The initial projects include the re-design and rehabilitation of the solid waste facility plus water treatment projects including replacement of a water main and chemical storage upgrades.
Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council Mayor Arnold Murray said the project is tailored to meet the needs of the community.
“These projects will directly benefit the community's health and wellbeing. They will build on other projects in Cherbourg to improve the surrounding environment and help make the town a better place to live,” Cr Murray said. “The upgraded infrastructure will keep up with the community's demand for water.”
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