Townsville Airport Water Main Upgrade

Date published: 31 January 2018

Townsville City Council has awarded local company GNM Group the contract for the $2.3 million Townsville Airport Water Main upgrade.

The new water main will improve water supply to the Townsville Airport and surrounding residential and commercial properties in Garbutt.

Townsville Water and Waste Committee chairman Councillor Paul Jacob said the project will support the proposed expansion of the Townsville Airport and other new developments along John Melton Black Drive.

“The upgraded water infrastructure will create jobs for the community both initially and in the future as the airport and other developments expand,” Cr Jacob said.

“It’s great that a local company was awarded the tender so it can grow and create more jobs for locals.”

GNM Group, a locally based company, has worked on a variety of Townsville City Council water projects - most recently the CBD Utilities Upgrade Project.

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the project is jointly funded through the Palaszczuk Government’s Building our Regions program ($1.15 million) and the Townsville City Council ($1.15 million).

“In total, Townsville has received $6.15 million through the Building our Regions program, which has created 82 jobs,” Mr Dick said.

“This project is vital in meeting the airport's current firefighting capabilities, while also providing a permanent connection to the newly constructed Salvation Army Recovery Facility.

“These works will alleviate current maintenance and repair access issues as the existing water supply comes from a main that traverses Australian Defence Force land.”

The project is due to start next month and is expected to be completed in July.