Civil works have kicked off for Townsville’s $215 million Haughton Pipeline Duplication Project, in what Mayor Jenny Hill describes as ‘another crucial milestone’ on the water security initiative.
“Dozens of workers are on site preparing the ground where the pipe will be laid including removing scrub and building new access tracks,” she said.
“Council is absolutely committed to delivering the pipeline by the end of next year.”
The Palaszczuk Government is investing $225 million towards water security in Townsville, including the pipeline duplication project.
The council allocated $159 million in the 2018-19 Budget to fast-track the pipeline construction.
Townsville City Council awarded the contract to complete the initial civil works for the project to local firm Mendi Group, saying this would create 50 direct and indirect jobs.
“We have structured the work packages on the pipeline to ensure local firms have the best opportunity to secure work on the project to try and create as many jobs for locals as possible,” Cr Hill said.
“The pipeline will be one of the biggest job-creating projects in North Queensland and we are making sure local firms get the best chance to get work on the project.”