Innisfail Chamber of Commerce

Mayor’s Column – January 2018

To kick off 2018 Council has secured another round of funding valued at $3.69M from Works for Queensland for local infrastructure projects. This state government initiative is stimulating the region and creating new jobs.

I am delighted to welcome 10 new staff members to the Council who have been employed under our traineeship and apprenticeship programs. These young achievers were selected to join different Council departments and we are proud to be providing more career opportunities for talented school leavers and university graduates in our area.

Recently my fellow Councillors, the Executive Management Team and myself had the pleasure of visiting Northern Iron and Brass Foundry, who have been manufacturing in Wangan since 1932 and employ 90 staff. We were impressed with the operation and the company’s commitment to our region. In fact, some cast pipe fittings used in our new water infrastructure projects were supplied by NIBF and we are proud to support this local industry.

Our new water strategy to improve water quality across the region is being rolled out. The objective of the plan is to guarantee drinking water meets the highest quality standards and protects public health. Council completed the new 3.3ML Nyleta Reservoir and South Liverpool Creek intake in November 2017. The new mechanical screen filters will further reduce levels of sand and silt material from the water source and further improve water quality distributed into the network. Improvements have also been made that will impact the Tully, Cardwell and Innisfail Schemes.

John Kremastos


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