Pipeline project returning to full swing

Date published: 6 April 2019

More than 400 workers have been inducted on site for Townsville’s new water pipeline project, with the first kilometre of pipe now installed.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said Council was still totally committed to delivering on its promises to the community.

“Despite the unprecedented monsoon, delivering long-term water security for Townsville is still one of our top priorities,” Cr Hill said.

“Workers are back on site and installing pipes along the 36km alignment.

“There have been 417 workers inducted on to site and that number is only going to grow as the project progresses.

“The first kilometre of pipe has been installed, which is another important milestone reached for the pipeline project.”

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the milestone came on the back of a $100 million payment from the Palaszczuk Government this week.

“This crucial project reflects the commitment of the Palaszczuk Government to regional Queensland,’’ Mr Stewart said.

“The pipeline project already is providing a real boost to the Townsville regional economy and will continue to do so during and after construction is completed.

“The $100 million paid this week, as part of the Government’s $225 million commitment to Townsville’s water security, will ensure the project progresses smoothly.’’

Townsville Water and Waste Committee Chair Cr Russ Cook said delivering the pipeline project was a key commitment from the Council.

“Townsville has just come through one of its worst ever natural disasters but that won’t stop us from delivering on the promises we made to the community,” Cr Cook said.

“The dam is full right now, but we know that the weather could change back to drought conditions quickly.

“Praying for rain is no strategy to deliver long-term water security for our city.”

Cr Cook said the pipeline was due to be completed in March 2020.

“The unprecedented monsoon delayed the project by a few months, but work is returning to normal very quickly,” Cr Cook said.

“The pipeline is a key plank of our 3-point water security solution.”

Council’s 3-point water security solution includes:

  1. The new 1.8-metre diameter pipeline
  2. A recycled water reuse scheme for public open spaces and industrial use
  3. Water Smart Package