A mini-sheet of stamps celebrating Dutch accomplishments in Australia … including the Kingaroy wastewater treatment plant (Photo: Postzegelblog.nl)
The wastewater treatment plant stamp … a must for Kingaroy collectors! (Photo: Postzegelblog.nl)

December 10, 2016

The award-winning Kingaroy wastewater treatment plant has been featured on a stamp in the Netherlands, the home country of the technology used by builders Aquatec Maxcon.

The plant is the first in Australia to use the Nereda technology, which promises more efficient sewage treatment.

The innovative Nereda technology was developed by Royal HaskoningDHV in the Netherlands.

Earlier this year, the Kingaroy project received an Excellence Award for projects over $10 million at the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia awards.

An Aquatec Maxcon spokesman said the company was honoured to have the Wastewater Treatment Plant featured by the Netherlands Post.

It is one of six items on a set of six limited edition stamps that celebrate the long-standing relationship between the Netherlands and Australia.

The Kingaroy Wastewater Treatment Plant is in good company.

The other items highlighted are:

  • Dirk Hartog’s landing in Western Australia in 1616 and his famous pewter plate
  • Dutch explorer Willem Janszoon’s charting of northern Australia and landing on Cape York in 1606 aboard the Duyfken
  • A Dutch family preparing to emigrate to Australia standing on the quay at Amsterdam before a large cargo crate
  • The SS Zuiderkruis sailing into Sydney Harbour carrying Dutch immigrants
  • The Square Kilometre Array radio telescope – Australia and the Netherlands are both taking part in this international project, which will be built in Australia and South Africa.

The stamps were released prior to the recent royal visit from the King and Queen of the Netherlands to Australia.

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