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Wiley wash down facility helps control weed seed spread in the Western Downs

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Wiley has been commissioned to construct a heavy vehicle wash down facility at Chinchilla in Queensland. Wiley project team members recently gathered with representatives from the Western Downs Regional Council, State Government and QGC to officially turn the first sod and mark the start of construction. 

Wash down facilities are required to control the spread of, and eventually eliminate the aggressive and dangerous weed parthenium, which currently costs the beef industry a total of $16.5 million per year and cropping industries several million dollars per year. 

This $1.4 million project provides the region with a state-of-the-art wash down facility to cater for everything from a 4x4 Ute up to a road train, including agricultural equipment. Wastewater is processed on site and will not add any load onto existing sewage infrastructure. 

Speaking at the Sod Turning Ceremony, Deputy Mayor of the Western Downs Regional Council, Councillor George Moore said that the wash down facility will assist in preventing the spread of invasive weeds throughout the local and surrounding regions. 

According to Wiley Project Manager Ben Murphy, the Western Downs Regional 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. 

The project is set for completion by late 2013.

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