Local job opportunities spouting from pipeline project

Date published: 4 October 2018

More local jobs are flowing from Townsville’s new water pipeline project.

One of the companies contracted to build the pipeline – RPC Technologies – has started advertising locally for a range of positions that will boost the city’s advanced manufacturing capacity.

Acting Mayor Les Walker said the contract Townsville City Council awarded to Iplex Pipelines to build the pipeline – in partnership with RPC – ensured up to 50 advanced manufacturing jobs based in the city.

“The fixtures and fittings for the pipeline will be made locally here – and that means jobs for locals,” Cr Walker said.

“RPC have just started advertising for a range of positions including pipefitters, fork lift operators, labourers and office clerks.

“The contract to build the pipes for our pipeline will secure more than 50 direct and indirect jobs for Townsville – and importantly in advanced manufacturing.”

Cr Walker said Iplex had also committed to recommence manufacturing other pipe products from its local facility in Bohle.

“Local jobs keep flowing and we can expect even more to be created when Iplex re-starts its manufacturing operation early next year,” Cr Walker said.

Cr Walker said the pipeline was Council’s most important infrastructure project and a crucial plank in the 3-point water security solution.

“Council is committed to having the new pipeline built by the end of 2019,” Cr Walker said.

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said State Government's policies required major projects like the pipeline to use local contractors and manufacturers, wherever possible.

"We have provided $225 million for the pipeline and water security in Townsville and it important that the jobs and business opportunities flow locally as much as is possible,” Mr Stewart said.

"Our Buy Queensland approach supports genuine, quality, secure and ongoing local jobs and with the Townsville water pipeline project that means jobs and business opportunities for the Townsville region.

“The project also will create great opportunities for industry and manufacturing through providing long term water security.’’

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 Community Water Transition Support Package

The Queensland Government has contributed $225 million to water security in Townsville.