The Federal Government has announced the awarding of the tender for the business case for Stage 2 of the Haughton Pipeline Extension Project in Townsville.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the business case, awarded to multi-national professional services company Jacobs, was crucial to the project progressing.
“Appointing Jacobs demonstrates the Government’s commitment to securing Townsville’s water supply,” Mr Morrison said.
“The Haughton Pipeline Extension Project is part of the Townsville City Deal, which is a 15-year commitment between the Australian and Queensland governments and the Townsville City Council to transform Townsville’s economy and city centre.
“The Townsville Water Security Taskforce, established under the deal, identified the need for this project and the Australian Government has delivered by committing funding towards a comprehensive business case and $195 million towards construction of Stage 2.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said the project would secure the Townsville region’s future water security.
“The business case will ensure value for taxpayers’ money and determine the precise scope of the project, which includes construction of a new pipeline from the Haughton Pump Station to the Burdekin River,” Mr McCormack said.
“Continuing the pipeline construction provides Townsville with a backup supply of water by taking water from the Burdekin Water Supply Scheme and topping up the levels in the Ross River Dam during periods of low rainfall.
“Stage 2 of the extension project will go a long way in ensuring long-term water security for the city.”
Jacobs will work closely with a project steering committee featuring representatives from all levels of government to deliver the business case.