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Upgrades to the Southern Recycled Water Release System

Commencing: July 2020
Completion: September 2021
Approved hours of work: Normal hours of work will be Monday to Friday 7am to 4.30pm. After-hours work on weekends and night works may be required based on operational and construction requirements.
References: 7404639, 77075458

The project is part of the Long Term Recycled Water Release Plan (LTRWRP) for the City of Gold Coast. The work forms part of Stage 1 of the LTRWRP, and the project objective is to complete augmentation works on the Southern Recycled Water Release System, namely recycled water flows from the Elanora Sewage Treatment Plant (STP). The upgrade works will increase the capacity of the recycled water pumping system to cater for increased population up until the year 2066 and involve:

  • augmentation of the existing recycled water pump station at Elanora STP, including civil, mechanical and electrical upgrades.
  • a new recycled water booster pump station at Cassowary Drive Reserve, Burleigh Waters
  • new pipework and valving at Merrimac STP
  • upgrades to the SCADA/telemetry system at various sites.

The contract for this project has been awarded to a local contracting firm based at Molendinar, Christopher Contracting PTY LTD. New Recycled Water Pump Station - Cassowary Drive Reserve, Burleigh Waters.

Project details

Due to the predicted increase in population growth of the southern region of the Gold Coast for the next 50 years, the construction of this Recycled Water Pump Station is essential infrastructure for our growing city. The new pump station will boost the pumped flows of excess recycled water from the southern region of the Gold Coast to the existing Seaway release point at the Spit. The new pump station will not operate all the time, rather only when we experience higher-than-normal flows during wet weather events.

As part of the design process we have engaged an architectural consultant to ensure that the design of the building will be aesthetically pleasing and will be in a form appropriate to the local Burleigh Waters community. The building will also be set back as far as practically possible from neighbouring homes.

A landscaping designer has also been engaged to improve the streetscape environment along Cassowary Drive. This may include additional tree planting (up to Coronet Park) and landscaping improvements to the roundabout at Honeyeater Drive.

Public impact

There will be impacts to the public associated with the construction of the new recycled water booster pump station at Cassowary Drive Reserve, but measures will be put in place to minimise these impacts. Impacts may include:

  • increased vehicle and plant movements at the site
  • access to the park reserve will be temporarily closed
  • construction noise, which at times may be significant
  • partial/intermittent road/lane closures
  • traffic management on affected roads
  • disruption to car parking on the western side of Cassowary Drive Reserve
  • possible dust.

Areas affected

Suburb Division Streets affected
Burleigh Waters, Cassowary Drive Reserve 12 Cassowary Drive
Elanora, Elanora STP 13 Pacific Highway, Elanora
Merrimac, Merrimac STP 8 Boowaggan Road, Merrimac

Extent of works

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