Construction of stage 1 of Townsville’s Haughton water pipeline is complete.
It involved laying around 2760 lengths of 1.8m diameter pipe across 33km between the Haughton pump station and Ross River Dam.
“It’s been a fantastic effort by the more than 1,000 workers who have logged more than 500,000 work hours building the pipeline and I congratulate and thank them for their efforts,” Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said.
The Mayor said the project had been a boon for local businesses.
“There have been around 200 businesses that have been involved in construction of the water pipeline either directly or indirectly, which is fantastic for our local economy,” she 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.”
Work was now underway to prepare for stage 2 of the project, Townsville City Council water and waste committee chair Russ Cook said.
This ould see the pipeline extended to Clare, allowing water to be pumped directly from the Burdekin River.
“The Commonwealth Government has given a commitment to fund stage two, with negotiations continuing between the Commonwealth and State on the funding package,” Cr Cook said.
“We hope these negotiations can be wrapped up as soon as possible so construction could start.
“Once again, Council will be encouraging local businesses to tender for the work so the community can share in the economic benefits of the project, as well as the water security benefits.”