Townsville's new water pipeline above board as first pipe shipment arrives

Date published: 22 October 2018

The first shipload of pipes to build Townsville's new water pipeline have arrived in the Port of Townsville.

The first load includes more than 500 1.8m diameter pipes that will be installed over 36km to build the pipeline between the Ross River Dam and the Haughton Channel.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the arrival of the first shipload of pipes was a key milestone for the project.

"The pipeline project is full steam ahead and these pipes will be unloaded at a local set down facility and be ready to go to site for installation," Cr Hill said.

"Council will soon announce the companies selected to install the pipeline, which will be another boost for local jobs.

"The pipeline is Council's top infrastructure priority and we are committed to having the project complete by December 2019."

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the shipment was an important step towards Townsville water security.

"The Palaszczuk Government is proud to be funding this vital North Queensland infrastructure project that already is bringing jobs and business to our city,” Mr Stewart said.

"We are a government that listens and delivers, and I am confident that the $225 million investment we have made in ensuring water reliability and security, including this pipeline, will continue to pay dividends for the residents and businesses of the Townsville region.”

Cr Hill said Council was ensuring the city had long-term water security.

"We know that praying for rain isn't a strategy for water security so that's why Council is forging ahead with building the pipeline by the end of next year," Cr Hill said.

"The pipeline is a key plank of Council's 3-point water security solution."

Council's 3-point water security solution includes:

  • The new 1.8-metre diameter pipeline
  • A recycled water system for community spaces and industrial use
  • The Community Water Transition Support Package

The Australian-made Glass Reinforced Polymer pipes will be shipped between Adelaide and Townsville in six shiploads.