Breaking ground on $215 million water pipeline

Date published: 20 November 2017

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill today attended the breaking ground ceremony for the start of work on the $215 million new water pipeline to guarantee the city’s future water supply.

The pipeline was funded by the Queensland Government, which provided $225 million to Townsville City Council to improve water security in Townsville – including $10 million for water education programs.

The Premier said Townsville needed a secure water supply to ensure the city kept growing.

“Nothing is more important than water so my Government stepped up and delivered $225 million to ensure Townsville has a secure water supply into the future,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“This new pipeline will not only guarantee Townsville’s water supply, it will also be a huge job-creating project.

“Townsville is transforming through major projects under construction which were supported by my Government – such as the water pipeline and the $250 million North Queensland stadium.”

Cr Hill thanked the Premier for her Government funding the new water pipeline.

“This is a critical piece of water security infrastructure for our city, and the Premier delivered on her promise to find a solution to our water issues,” Cr Hill said.

Townsville City Council is committed to deliver the project within 26 months, with a focus on maximising local content and local jobs.

“We’ve started the final countdown and the pipeline will be built within 26 months,” Cr Hill said.

“Work will ramp up in coming months as we prepare for construction to start.”

Cr Hill said the pipeline would be one of the city’s biggest job-creating projects.

“I make no apologies for fighting to ensure the most possible local jobs are created by the new water pipeline,” Cr Hill said.