North Queensland firm Mendi has won the first stage of civil works for Townsville’s $215 million Haughton Pipeline Duplication Project.
Mayor Jenny Hill said the work was crucial to ensure the 36.5km of pipeline could start to be installed in coming months.
“This package of work includes site preparation along the pipeline route, ensuring access to the work areas and removing vegetation,” Cr Hill said.
“This is another important milestone on the project and it will create 50 direct and indirect jobs, with work expected to start within weeks.”
Townsville City Council allocated $159 million in the 2018-19 Budget to build the pipeline, which will run from the Haughton Pump Station to the Ross River Dam.
It will allow more water to be pumped more efficiently than the existing 1.2m diameter pipeline, providing up to 234 megalitres of water per day into the city’s main water supply dam.
Cr Hill said the pipeline was the council’s top priority infrastructure project and it had structured the work packages to ensure local firms – such as Mendi – had the best opportunity to secure work.
“The pipeline will be one of the biggest job-creating projects in North Queensland and we are making sure locals get the best chance to get work on the project,” Cr Hill said.
Premise is acting as project manager for the work and Iplex was awarded the tender in April for the supply of 36.5km of 1.8m diameter pipe.