Feb 03, 2017

Council launches $5.5m water project to feed industrial hub

Council launches $5.5m water project to feed industrial hub

Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) is set to construct a new trunk water main in a $5.5 million project to provide a second supply line to the Toowoomba Enterprise Hub.

TRC Water and Waste Committee chair Nancy Sommerfield said the Hursley Rd and Toowoomba-Cecil Plains Rd trunk water main was the first of a number of water infrastructure projects that would be rolled out over the next few years to secure the water supply to the Toowoomba Enterprise Hub.

“With the Enterprise Hub set to be home to hundreds of businesses and expected to create upward of 12,000 jobs in the years ahead, the Hursley Rd and Toowoomba-Cecil Plains Rd trunk water main will provide an important supplementary supply line to the area,” Cr Sommerfield said.

“Once completed, the system, in addition supplying the Toowoomba Enterprise Hub, will provide an alternative trunk supply in the event of failure of the section of Toowoomba-Oakey pipeline between Toowoomba and the current Steger Rd offtake.”

TRC Water and Waste Services portfolio leader Bill Cahill said work would start on the 8km pipeline this month, with the project expected to be completed mid year.

“Some initial work already has been undertaken. To coordinate with development works on the Sovereign Hill housing estate at the western end of Hursley Rd, a 450m section of pipeline was installed late last year, but the main work will be underway mid February,” Cr Cahill said.

A further project involves the construction of a trunk water main in Nass and Wirth roads which will cost close to $3.5 million and will be jointly funded under the State Government’s Building Our Region Fund.

The upgrade to O’Mara Rd was opened by Toowoomba Regional Council, late last year with work on enabling infrastructure at Steger Rd under way.

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