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Indigenous councils are benefiting from the roll out of the $120 million Indigenous Councils Critical Infrastructure Program.

It aims to improve the health and safety of communities through the upgrading of vital water, wastewater and solid waste facilities.

Many councils are using the expert services and advice of the department’s Office of the Chief Engineer.

Chief Engineer David Murray says his team is available to provide technical expertise to councils with limited resources on projects such as major infrastructure upgrades, flood modelling and water supply options.

“We also deliver projects on behalf of councils, such as the Palm Island and Cherbourg waste water treatment plants. This infrastructure will make a big difference to the health and safety of these communities,” Mr Murray said. He says the team looks for solutions from all angles including cost, maintenance and what is needed to operate the equipment.

“In some cases, we put in the tried and proven equipment that is really easy for councils to operate and maintain.”

Indigenous councils are also supported by a range of grants including the Indigenous Local Government Sustainability Program which saw the Napranum community celebrate the arrival of a new $100,000 bus which is accessible to people in wheelchairs and walkers.