More jobs spouting from Townsville’s water pipeline
Date published: 16 November 2018
Construction on the pipeline is making a big splash in the local economy with up to 150 jobs being filled by locals as the project ramps up.
Three local firms have been selected to do the first parcels of work on Stage 1 of the pipeline project including NQ Excavations and CivilPlus Constructions for installing the pipe and Mendi Constructions for the clearing and access tracks.
Mayor Jenny Hill and Townsville MP Scott Stewart toured the head offices of the three local companies working on the civil and installation aspects of the pipeline project.
“Construction is ramping up on the pipeline but we expect hundreds more jobs to flow from the project before Stage 1 is complete in December 2019,” Cr Hill said.
“Council deliberately structured the work packages on the pipeline in a way to ensure local firms got the best possible chance to secure work on the project.
“The first packages of work Council has awarded have already created up to 150 jobs for locals.”
Cr Hill said the pipeline was Council’s top infrastructure priority and a key plank of the 3-point water security solution.
“The partnership between the Queensland Government and Council will ensure Stage 1 of the pipeline is built by the end of next year,” Cr Hill said.
“We know that praying for rain isn’t a strategy for long-term water security so that’s why Council has worked so hard to secure funding for infrastructure to guarantee our city’s future water supply for generations to come.”
Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the Palaszczuk Government’s $225 million investment would boost Townsville’s economy and employment opportunities.
“Stage 1 of the pipeline is already paying dividends for the local community and will continue to do so as construction ramps up and the pieces continue fall into place,” Mr Stewart said.
“This government is providing for Queenslanders now and into the future, and this pipeline will provide water security and support for Townsville’s economy for decades to come.”
Council’s 3-point water security solution includes:
- The new 1.8-metre diameter pipeline
- A recycled water re-use system for public greenspaces and industrial use
- The Water Smart Package
Stage 1 of the pipeline project includes installing a 1.8m diameter pipe for 36km between Ross Dam and the Haughton Channel – which is funded by the Queensland Government’s $225 million investment to improve water security in Townsville.
Townsville has secured bipartisan support for Federal funding to complete Stage 2 of the project, which extends the pipeline to the Clare Weir.