Comdain was recently awarded a $3m treatment plant upgrade at the Aboriginal community of Cherbourg for the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning.

As one of Queensland’s largest indigenous communities, this new infrastructure has been specifically designed for the needs of the Cherbourg community to ensure a low-maintenance and long-lasting wastewater solution.

A Queensland State Government funded project to replace a 60 year old treatment plant, Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council staff will be provided the right training to maintain the infrastructure, making it a sustainable long-term solution for the community. With the project expected to be completed in May 2018, Stage One began with earthworks for a series of ponds on a site away from the township entrance and homes, with Stage 2 commencing in November 2017 to include a new pump station and irrigation systems to provide water source options for agriculture.

As regional specialists committed to supporting local jobs and building liveable communities, Comdain identified an opportunity, outside the scope of works, to completely renovate the operations building at the project site. ‘Community Blitz’ teams were formed (using honed project management and resourcing skills) to ensure each element of the renovation was covered. Prior to the infrastructure upgrade commencing, our Brisbane office took on the incredible challenge to completely renovate the building in just one day.

Everyone boarded the bus at 3.30am for the 3½ journey to Cherbourg so that works could commence on site by 7am. With the generous support of Haymans Brisbane Airport, Carroll Plant and Haulage, Civil Pipe Supplies, Master Hire, Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council and the Queensland Government, Comdain quickly set to work with all hands on deck and teams finely tuned to meet the challenge.

There was also a team to paint a mural of the Shire Council to the outside of the building. This outstanding team effort is a natural representation of how Comdain does business. Always seeking to add value for clients to create a lasting legacy.


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