Date: Friday 14 October 2016
Time: 8.30am – 3.30pm
Cost: Euro 75 per person
(includes transport, morning tea and lunch)

An award-winning facility on show

In 2015, Unitywater’s Maleny Sewage Treatment Plant and its associated wetlands won the prestigious business award for Best Specific Environmental Initiative at the UN World Environment Day Awards.

This $17 million upgrade project showcases a membrane bioreactor to treat effluent to a very high standard before sending it to an irrigated rainforest and wetlands in the Maleny Community Precinct. This process of natural filtration further disperses and removes nutrients from the nearby creek.

The upgrade has delivered a range of benefits to the community and the environment including:

  • increased capacity to cater for population growth
  • improved treatment standards
  • environmental sustainability and a positive impact on the health and water quality of creek systems
  • protecting the current and future health of the community
  • improved energy efficiency
  • providing recycled water to community organisations.

As part of the sewage treatment plant upgrade, Unitywater is also developing a reforestation and wetland area within the Maleny Community Precinct. By incorporating the forest and wetlands into the project, treated water from the Maleny STP is naturalised as it trickles through the forest and wetlands system.

Itinerary:

8.15am Meet at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, bus zone, Glenelg Street.
8.30am Departure for the Maleny Sewage Treatment Plant
10.00am Arrive at site and enjoy morning tea prior to induction
10.20am Tour of the award-winning Maleny Sewage Treatment Plant and Irrigated Wetlands
12.30pm Lunch
2.00pm Depart Maleny Sewage Treatment Plant
3.30pm Arrive back at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Delegate requirements:
This tour will involve a large element of walking; therefore delegates are encouraged to wear flat, enclosed footwear. The tour will also involve accessing an operational work site where Seqwater and Veolia require all delegates to wear personal protective equipment, including long sleeve shirts, long trousers, jeans or slacks (not shorts) and a broad-brimmed hat. Seqwater will provide a hard hat, safety vest, sunscreen and water bottles.

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