Abergeldie workers completing sewer repair in Cunnamulla have spent a massive $175,000 in the Paroo Shire in just over three months.
Abergeldie workers completing sewer repair in Cunnamulla have spent a massive $175,000 in the Paroo Shire in just over three months.

Cunnamulla pipe works have massive flow on effects

ONE of the Paroo Shire’s largest projects in recent years has done much more than fix Cunnamulla’s network of pipes – sewer repair works around town have also pumped a huge amount of cash in to the local economy.

In total, contractors from infrastructure firm Abergeldie have spent more than $175,000 within Cunnamulla district – much to the delight of Mayor Lindsay Godfrey, who has been impressed with how the team has embedded themselves in to the local community.

“Not only have the Abergeldie team done great work with the sewer project, they have really lived like locals while they have been based in Cunnamulla,” Cr Godfrey said.

“Through their spending on items such as accommodation, food, entertainment and fuel it’s given a huge boost to the local economy, bringing in money that wouldn’t have been here otherwise.

“They even sponsored a local bowls competition.”

Spending within the shire boundaries was even included as part of the contract with council and the firm, and the addition has truly paid off in the eyes of council.

“Local Content’ is a requirement in each of our tenders and we ask prospective contractors to show how they’re going to spend as much money as possible in the shire, instead of bringing goods and services in from elsewhere,” Cr Godfrey said.

“And Abergeldie have certainly delivered.”

With stage one of the project edging closer to completion – currently 90 per cent of the job is complete – it looks like the finish date will be in February or March next year.

Stage two will soon be underway, with tender submissions being presented to Council at its next meeting on November 19.

The Sewage Treatment Plant and Sewer Relining projects were funded through a special funding program from the Department of Local Government.

Charleville Western Times

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