Engineering consultancy Premise has been appointed to oversee the final planning stages of Emu Swamp Dam, south-west of Stanthorpe.
The $52 million Granite Belt Irrigation Project (GBIP) will deliver a 12,000 megalitre dam at Emu Swamp and 117km of pipeline to provide water to 51 agribusiness customers and bring wide-reaching benefits to the region.
When operational the GBIP is expected to create 250 jobs during construction, and 700 new full-time agriculture and supporting jobs in the region.
Natural Resources Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the state Government’s advanced release of $6 million has allowed the appointment of Premise to oversee final permits and construction tenders of the project.
“The global coronavirus pandemic is impacting economies around the world and Queensland is no different,” Dr Lynham said.
“Because we’re managing the health response, we have started delivering Queensland’s plan for economic recovery.
“Part of that is a $50 billion infrastructure guarantee.
“Bringing forwarding this funding means we can support local businesses and local workers faster.”
Premise Director Patrick Brady said the firm’s Toowoomba regional office will deliver the project and draw on technical expertise from across the company.
“Premise has advanced skills in pipeline and irrigation works and a deep understanding of the challenges associated with delivering infrastructure into regional areas,” Mr Brady said.
“We’re also proudly a regionally-based company with a strong focus on building the strength of local communities and, like for GBIP, it is highly important to us to support local people and businesses throughout this process and to build the skills, capacity and prosperity of the region for the long-term.”
Pre construction activities include confirming contracts to purchase water with irrigators, commencing negotiations with landholders, detailed planning and tendering to cost the project and obtaining necessary construction approvals.
Tenders to construct the dam and provide the pipeline infrastructure will be released in coming months.
More information on the Granite Belt Irrigation Project can be found at www.granitebeltirrigationproject.com.au