Rubyanna Wastewater Treatment Plant

Proudly funded by Bundaberg Regional Council and the Queensland Government's Building our Regions Program.


 
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Click on this link to read answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Rubyanna project.
INSTALLATION OF SOLAR POWER TO REDUCE OPERATING COSTS
A 450 Kilowatt solar power facility will be installed at Rubyanna Wastewater Treatment Plant to save on operating costs.  Approximately 1500 panels will be installed which is expected to produce an annual cost saving of $200,000.  Click here to read Council's media release dated 21 September 2016.
CONSTRUCTION OF RUBYANNA WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT

Construction of the new plant is scheduled to commence in May 2016 with onsite preliminary works to start from April.  Click here for project updates.

STATE GOVERNMENT CONTRIBUTES TO RUBYANNA WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT PROJECT

Bundaberg Regional Council has welcomed the announcement that the Queensland Government will support the construction of Rubyanna Wastewater Treatment Plant with a contribution of 5 Million in funding under the Building our Regions Program. Please click here to read Council's media release dated 21 December 2015.

DOWNER TO BE ENGAGED TO CONSTRUCT RUBYANNA WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT IN 2016-2017

Bundaberg Regional Council has announced that Downer Utilities Australia Pty Ltd will be engaged to design, construct, maintain and operate the Rubyanna Wastewater Treatment Plant and Regional Pump Station, which are the major components of Council’s most significant infrastructure project.  Whilst the project was initially costed at $92 million, Council has worked closely with leaders in the wastewater treatment field to reduce costs through innovative solutions and new technologies.  The combination of extensive planning and a competitive marketplace has reduced the cost of the Program of Works for Stage One to $71 Million - saving Council more than $20 Million.  Click here to read Council's Media Release dated 4 November 2015.

RUBYANNA WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT PROJECT - INDUSTRY BRIEFINGS

A second industry briefing was held on 7 October, 2014 with registered industry representatives to explain  Expressions of Interest called for the DCMO Contract (Design, Construct, Maintain and Operate Rubyanna Wastewater Treatment Plant). The session included a visit to the site for the future Regional Pumping Station at East Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Treatment Plant site on Rubyanna Road.

Bundaberg Regional Council held an industry briefing on Tuesday 10 December, for interested consultants, contractors, suppliers, and project participants to an Industry Briefing to outline details of the proposed Rubyanna Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) project.

The $90M Rubyanna WWTP project comprises the following major components:

  • Raw wastewater transfer system from East Bundaberg to Rubyanna
  • 50,000 person capacity Rubyanna WWTP on greenfield site 8km north east of Bundaberg
  • Treated effluent outfall pipeline and submarine discharge into the Burnett River

The presentation from this meeting of 10 December can be viewed here»

Attendance register from this meeting of 10 December is available here»


LAND PURCHASED

Rubyanna Wastewater Treatment Plant Project officially starts.  The purchase of the site on Rubyanna Road has been finalised and Council was in possession of the land on Monday 4 November 2013.  The Project Control Group has appointed Selwyn McFaul to the role of Project Manager to commence design and delivery.  This project will be the largest undertaken by Infrastructure & Planning.

Current indicative timelines are very ambitious with delivery planned to finalise in December 2017.

Council at its meeting of 19 August 2013 approved the development application for the Rubyanna Wastewater Treatment Plant project.  A copy of these Minutes can be found at http://bundaberg.qld.gov.au/council/meetings/minutes

The appeal period for this approval has now expired with no appeals having been lodged. 

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

A question and answer sheet has been provided and can be viewed here» or printed for your benefit.

REVIEW OF ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS REPORT


Council has now received the Review of Environmental Factors for the proposed Rubyanna Wastewater Treatment Plant, which has been endorsed by the Community Reference Group. Please select the image to the right to open or download the complete report.

Please note: this document is 532 pages long and 30MB.

Supplementary Report to the Review of Environmental Factors Report

Council was requested to provide additional information in support of its Development Application.  This information can be downloaded as follows:

Supplementary Report
Appendix B - Burnett River Water Quality Testing
Appendix C - Odour Impact Assessment Report
Appendix D - Noise Impact Assessment Report
Information Request to Department of Main Roads & Transport
WATER MONITORING AND SAMPLING REPORT
  • Rubyanna Groundwater Bores and Surface Water November 2012 report is available here»
  • Rubyanna Groundwater Bores and Surface Water May 2012 report is available here»
  • Rubyanna Groundwater Bores and Surface Water - third quarter - January 2013 is available here»
  • Rubyanna Groundwater Bores and Surface Water - fourth quarter (final) - January 2014 is available here»
REGIONAL SEWERAGE PUMP STATION DESIGN REPORT

East Sewerage Treatment Plant, Regional Sewerage Pump Station Design Report - December 2011 is available here.

COUNCIL REVEALS PLANS FOR NEW WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT
To meet the region’s long-term growth and development needs, Council is planning to construct a new wastewater treatment plant with the capacity to service 90,000 residents and has an option to purchase an area of land from Bundaberg Sugar for the proposed regional treatment plant.


The large 100 hectare farm has been assessed for its potential to meet stringent environmental and planning considerations. As well as fulfilling these considerations, the small construction footprint of the proposed plant means the bulk of the site will be able to be leased long term for primary production and will allow more than adequate buffers to neighbouring properties.

Acquiring the land is the first step towards a long term plan to cater for future growth. This treatment plant is a key part of Council’s regional sewerage strategy. The new plant will be built in two stages, replacing the aging Bundaberg East Plant and catering for long-term population growth in the city and coastal areas.

Council Water and Wastewater Spokesperson, Cr Alan Bush, said that, while the project is in the early stages of planning, Council considers a regional, centrally-located plant to offer the most efficient, cost-effective and sustainable approach to sewage management.

“Stage One, which would cater for 50,000 residents (the envisaged connected population after 2025) is anticipated to be operational by late 2016” said Cr Bush. “Timing for the construction of Stage Two, which would cater for an additional 40,000 residents, will be dependent on population growth”.

Prior to the design and construction phases, a series of approval processes and investigations will be undertaken. “During this time, we are committed to working with stakeholders and the community to ensure they have an informed understanding of the project, its progress and outcomes” said Cr Bush.

Bundaberg Sugar General Manager Farms, Peter Maidment said the Company was very pleased with the arrangement that had been negotiated with Council. “Our main concern was that good productive land remained available for cane growing. Through the deal that was negotiated with Council this outcome was able to be achieved and provided Council with a suitable site for a treatment plant, but also provided Bundaberg Sugar with a lease back arrangement for the continued use of the land for cane growing well into the future.”

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