Townsville City Council has appointed SMEC, GHD and UDP to undertake the engineering, final design and project management work on the $215 million Haughton Pipeline project.
Mayor Jenny Hill said the council had moved swiftly to select these companies and the project was on track to be completed within 26 months.
“Awarding the first contracts for the pipeline is a significant achievement and it allows Council to move on to the next stage of the project,” Cr Hill said.
“It’s great that the companies selected will be employing locals to work on Townsville’s most important infrastructure project.”
Townsville water and waste general manager Scott Moorhead said the pipeline was the council’s top infrastructure priority.
“Townsville has been hit by a once-in-a-generation drought and council is determined to ensure our city has the infrastructure it needs to overcome one of the driest spells in decades,” he said.
“Council is committed to finishing the pipeline by the end of next year, and making sure the project creates as many local jobs as possible.”