Cairns Regional Council is inviting Expressions of Interest for the development of preliminary business case for a new $215 million water supply project to the south of the city.
The proposed Behana Mulgrave Water Supply Scheme consists of a new water intake and pumping station on the Mulgrave River at Gordonvale and a new water treatment plant located near Draper Road.
The council said the proposed scheme would help augment the existing supply to help cater for future demands by accessing water from the Mulgrave River, improving use of the existing major intake on Behana Creek, and construction of the Draper Road water treatment plant.
It will use the business case in planned advocacy for State and Federal Government funding to assist with project.
Mayor Bob Manning said it was absolutely critical that the State and Federal Governments assist the council in undertaking this project.