Haughton pipeline reaches another milestone

Date published: 11 December 2019

Stage 1 of the Haughton Water Pipeline is 85 per cent complete and on-track for completion by March.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said she was impressed by the progress being made by the contractors working on the project, with around 29km of the 34km of pipeline laid.

“The Water Pipeline is a crucial piece of Council’s 3-point water security solution and we wanted as many local businesses as possible to work on delivering the pipeline,” Cr Hill said.

“What we’ve seen through this process is that our local businesses have the capability to work on major projects like this as long as they are given the chance.

“To date, there have been 200 businesses and over 1000 workers that have been involved in construction of the water pipeline either directly or indirectly, which is fantastic for our local economy.”

Most recently, contractors on the project finished installing the pipeline underneath the Flinders Highway.

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the water pipeline is vital for securing Townsville’s water security for decades to come.

“It’s always great to visit the Water Pipeline site and see this crucial infrastructure coming together – especially as we near the completion of stage 1,” Mr Stewart said.

“The Queensland Government has provided $225 million to Townsville City Council to improve water security for the city and it’s fantastic to see the jobs and economic investment flow into the community.

“I’m thrilled to be part of supporting the growth of Townsville through the investment of critical infrastructure and securing a reliable water supply for the city.”

Townsville Water and Waste Committee Chair Cr Russ Cook said the next stage of the project would begin in March next year.

“Stage 1 of the pipeline is almost complete and with the Federal Government’s funding support for stage 2, there is extra work that will need to begin in March,” Cr Cook said.

“While we’re still waiting for the full details of the funding for stage 2 to be finalised, Council can get cracking on connecting the two stages.

“This means even more jobs and investment for our local economy on the most critical piece of infrastructure built in the city for decades.”