Western Downs completes washdown facility ‘hat-trick’


Dalby's new facility in action. Dalby's new facility in action. Dalby's new facility in action.
From left to right: Wiley business operations manager for regional Queensland Michael Matthewson, Western Downs Regional Council mayor Ray Brown, and councillor Greg Olm officially open to new Dalby Washdown Facility. From left to right: Wiley business operations manager for regional Queensland Michael Matthewson, Western Downs Regional Council mayor Ray Brown, and councillor Greg Olm officially open to new Dalby Washdown Facility. From left to right: Wiley business operations manager for regional Queensland Michael Matthewson, Western Downs Regional Council mayor Ray Brown, and councillor Greg Olm officially open to new Dalby Washdown Facility.
Western Downs Regional Council mayor Ray Brown and councillors at the opening. Western Downs Regional Council mayor Ray Brown and councillors at the opening. Western Downs Regional Council mayor Ray Brown and councillors at the opening.
The intermittently decanted extended aeration lagoon. The intermittently decanted extended aeration lagoon. The intermittently decanted extended aeration lagoon.

Queensland regional council opens third washdown facility to combat the spread of weeds

 

A new heavy vehicle washdown facility has been opened in Dalby by the Western Downs Regional Council in a move to protect the local community from the spread of weeds.

Built by the Wiley building company and council funded, with help from the Redevelopment Project Royalties for the Regions subsidy program, the facility was opened by local mayor Ray Brown and fellow councillors this week.

Located an hour northwest of Toowoomba, the Dalby washdown facility is part of the Dalby Regional Saleyards and open to all vehicle types, including livestock transport vehicles, all hours and days of the week.

The new facility follows recent additions to neighbouring Wandoan and Chinchilla as part of the council’s Regional Biosecurity control program trying to halt the spread of weed seed in the area, particularly Parthenium.  

Councillor and spokesperson for environmental health Greg Olm says it is an exciting addition for the surrounding districts.

"With facilities at Chinchilla, Wandoan and now Dalby, council’s commitment to improving services and facilities within the region are strongly supported," he says.

"The most recently constructed facility takes the tally to three, completing a washdown ‘hat-trick’ for our region with construction exceeding industry standards resulting in user-friendly and high performing facilities.

"These washdown facilities are integral in assisting to defend our region against weed seed spread and in the overall protection of the viability of our agricultural industry."

Wiley business operations manager for regional Queensland Michael Matthewson says the council should be "commended for taking the initiative to provide a facility that will help control the spread of a serious threat to the local land and the livelihoods of the people who live and work in the region."

"Council should also be congratulated [for] its commitment to delivering successful projects through stakeholder engagement and supporting the local subcontractors and suppliers wherever possible," he says.

Designed to handle peak use on Tuesdays due to the weekly cattle sale on the following day, the washdown facility includes 4WD and truck wash bays and is capable of servicing coal seam gas (CSG) and mining vehicles.

It also features wastewater collection and screening, and wastewater treatment and sludge management facilities.

 

 

 

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