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New water treatment plants

Tuesday 18 August 2020

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The water treatment plants at Longreach Hospital and Barcaldine Multipurpose Health Service will be replaced with new systems over the coming months.

Central West Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Jane Hancock said the combined $1.42 million works were being undertaken as part of the health service’s ongoing maintenance and improvements program.

“The two water treatment plant projects, together with a further $1.6 million generator and main switchboard replacement program at Longreach Hospital, are expected to be completed by December,’’ she said.

“We are also undertaking a $4.75 million electrical and mechanical upgrade at Longreach Hospital and a $2.36 million corridor and underfloor upgrading program at Barcaldine MPHS.

“These latter two projects will be undertaken progressively and in stages to minimise any disruption to normal hospital operations. As such, we expect these to be completed in December 2021.

“All the works together are providing fantastic opportunities for local businesses, with packages in plumbing and drainage, electrical, hydraulics and mechanics released predominately using local providers,’’ she said.

Ms Hancock said, once completed, the new water treatment plants at Longreach and Barcaldine would provide 24/7 management of water supply and monitoring of water quality.

“They will also provide a storage reserve of 10,000 litres for use in an emergency if water supplies are cut suddenly for any reason,’’ she said.

“Similarly, the new generator at Longreach Hospital, which will replace an older generator which has reached the end of its operational life, will ensure continuity of power supply in case of any power outages.’’

Ms Hancock said the generator and water treatment plant replacement works would not affect the delivery of healthcare in either Longreach or Barcaldine in any way.

“We will also be adjusting the timing of works at each facility on a day-to-day basis so as to minimise construction noise,’’ she said.

“I would like to thank patients, visitors and staff, as well as our neighbours around Longreach Hospital and Barcaldine Multipurpose Health Service, for their patience as we carry out these important works.’’


Work is under way to replace the water treatment plants at Longreach Hospital and Barcaldine Multipurpose Health Service.


For further information contact:

James Guthrie
Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld
Media and Communication
Department of Health
(07) 3708 5379

Last updated: 18 August 2020