Former chairman of Wide Bay Water Danny Mattsson.
Former chairman of Wide Bay Water Danny Mattsson. Alistair Brightman

Wastewater plant near capacity but no upgrade planned yet

A PULGUL St wastewater plant is 900 homes away from capacity, but former Wide Bay Water chairman Danny Mattsson says the corporation has been directed not to plan for any growth at the plant.

He said the Fraser Coast Regional Council directed WBW not to begin plans to upgrade Pulgul or any other infrastructure approaching capacity.

Mr Mattsson, who was sacked by Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell earlier this month, said planning for growth must be done years in advance.

He said it was lunacy not to have already begun planning for an upgrade to the Pulgul plant.

"It's not even budgeted for in Wide Bay Water's 10-year plan," he said.

"This is what happens when councils run water and sewerage."

Cr O'Connell said the decision not to plan for growth was an agreement between the council and WBW, not a direction.

"It was an agreed position with the previous board," he said.

"It was not a permanent position."

Cr O'Connell said the agreement was to put any plans for infrastructure growth on hold until a transition was completed.

The Fraser Coast Council is WBW's sole shareholder and has been trying to resume control of the corporation since November.

Cr O'Connell said the agreement was made between six and eight months ago, before council called off its planned takeover due to a potential $65 million stamp duty bill.

He said he expected WBW and the council would begin reviewing potential growth for infrastructure again within the next few months.



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