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Whitsunday Regional Council is investing in ‘plant pride’ with the operations of the Cannonvale and Proserpine Sewer Treatment Plants moved in-house as of Friday 31 May.
The transition to in-house operations has been years in the planning and will deliver significant value-for-money benefits for the community.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said the transition would mean the plants are operated at greater efficiency, would provide additional jobs to locals and be the beginning of a new career path for Whitsunday residents.
“Our plants in Cannonvale and Proserpine are employing local people who have the dual certification required to operate both waste and wastewater facilities,” he said.
“This is a unique situation across Queensland and the Mackay-Whitsunday region is one of the first regional areas to take over full operations of their wastewater plants.
“Our staff have the qualifications needed to manage these facilities, allowing us to respond more quickly to issues and maintain the plant at a higher level.
“We have been collaborating with Mackay Regional Council throughout this transition process and we are looking forward to showcasing the benefits of ‘plant pride’ across the industry,” he said.
Council has hired two additional full-time Treatment Operators to run the Cannonvale and Proserpine Sewer Treatment Plants, and these roles will be assisted by Council’s current Whitsunday Water staff.
Training and dual certification opportunities have been established to upskill Whitsunday Water employees throughout the transition.
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