New Pipeline Tender

Date published: 6 February 2018

The biggest tender for the $215 million water pipeline to guarantee Townsville’s water security will open on Saturday.

The key milestone comes just weeks after the first contracts for the project were signed.

The tender will include 36km of pipe at 1.8m in diameter to link Ross River Dam with the Burdekin – securing Townsville’s long-term water supply.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said this was a pivotal moment for the pipeline project and Council was committed to fast-tracking its construction.

“This pipeline will be built by the end of next year, and we are going to structure the contracts to ensure we create the most local jobs possible,” Cr Hill said.

“Council has worked swiftly to ensure there are no delays with this crucial pipeline.

“Work has already started and we’re counting down to the end of next year when the pipeline will be finished and Townsville will finally have long-term water security.”

Cr Hill said she was hopeful that the pipes can be built in Townsville, creating more jobs for locals and revitalising the city’s manufacturing industries.

“The tender will be designed to encourage companies to partner with local businesses to supply the pipes needed to build the pipeline,” Cr Hill said.

“The pipeline will boost Townsville’s economy and Council is hopeful that new businesses will set up in the city to be part of the project.”

Cr Hill said securing state funding for the pipeline was another election commitment delivered.

“Water security is a key issue for Townsville residents and businesses, we take it very seriously,” Cr Hill said.

The Queensland Government contributed $215 million for the pipeline project.