100 local jobs from water pipeline installation
Date published: 1 November 2018
Townsville City Council has selected two local firms to install the first sections of the new water pipeline – creating up to 100 local jobs.
NQ Excavations and CivilPlus Constructions will start installing almost half of the 36km pipeline between the Ross River Dam and the Haughton Channel within weeks.
Mayor Jenny Hill said the new 1.8m diameter water pipeline was Council’s top infrastructure priority.
“Council is absolutely committed to delivering the pipeline by the end of next year,” Cr Hill.
“It is a crucial plank of Council’s 3-point water security solution and it is a huge job creator for Townsville.
“The installation of the first two sections of the pipeline will create up to 100 local jobs.
“Council deliberately broke up the work packages on the pipeline into 4 separate packages to ensure local companies had the best opportunity to win work on the project.
“NQ Excavations and CivilPlus Constructions being chosen to do these first two sections of work is a huge boost to the local economy and shows Townsville firms can compete with the best in the state.”
Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the announcement was just one of many key milestones to come in the construction and implementation of the Townsville pipeline.
“This is critical infrastructure for North Queensland and it will provide water security and confidence for the Townsville region for decades to come,” Mr Stewart said.
“The Palaszczuk Government listens to and supports Queenslanders. We have invested $225 million for water security in Townsville and this will in turn continue to create jobs for the community.”
Townsville Water and Waste Committee Chair Cr Russ Cook said the new pipeline was crucial to ensure long-term water security for our city.
“Townsville has been through a once-in-a-generation drought and the pipeline is a key plank of Council’s 3-point water security solution for our community,” Cr Cook said.
“Despite receiving decent rainfall over the last wet season, our community knows that praying for rain isn’t a strategy for water security.”
Council’s 3-point million water security solution includes:
- The new 1.8-metre diameter pipeline
- A recycled water system for community spaces and industrial use
- Water Smart Package