More jobs to flow from water pipeline project

Date published: 2 June 2018

Another important milestone on the new water pipeline project has been reached, with tenders for specialist boring and tunneling work opening today.

The tenders for under bore construction have been advertised today, as part of Council’s three-point $225 million water security solution.

The pipeline project will require tunneling and boring work to allow the pipe to be installed underneath the Flinders Highway and a rail line – without having to alter the existing transport infrastructure.

Acting Mayor Les Walker said the tunneling and boring work needed to be done by specialists and was crucial to the progress of the project.

“This will be very technical work and it’s important that we get on with this tender to ensure the project has access to the best expertise when needed,” Cr Walker said.

“As Council releases more construction packages for tender we can expect the numbers of jobs created on the pipeline project to continue to ramp up.”

Cr Walker said Council was committed to building the pipeline by the end of next year, and creating as many local jobs as possible on the project.

“This is Council’s number one infrastructure project and we have tailored the work packages to ensure local businesses have the best chance to win work on the project,” Cr Walker said.

Townsville Water and Waste Committee Chairman Cr Paul Jacob said the pipeline was a key plank of Council’s $225 million three-point water security solution.

“The recent rains have filled the dam, but we know praying for rain isn’t a strategy for water security,” Cr Jacob said.

“Council is getting on with the job and delivering our three-point water security solution to ensure our community has the water it needs for the future growth of our city.”