The Queensland Government has fast tracked $100 million to keep construction of the Haughton 36.5 kilometres water pipeline moving.
It is part of the State Government’s $225 million commitment towards Townsville’s water security and will go towards supporting up to 1000 jobs over the life of the project.
Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the recent mobilisation of a tunnel boring machine is ensuring the project is progressing after the severe flooding event.
We all know Townsville has been doing it tough and is currently recovering from an unprecedented flooding event. The jobs that flow from the Haughton pipeline are a shot in the arm during the rebuilding period,” Stewart said.
Minister for Natural Resources Anthony Lynham said the Queensland Government recognised the necessity for reliable, long-term water supply, especially with Townsville’s unpredictable weather.
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“This project is providing local employment, business opportunities and security and reliability of water supply,’’ Lynham said.
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said delivering long-term water security for Townsville remained a top priority.
“The pipeline is helping to support local businesses and jobs now, and it will ensure our city is able to continue to grow in the future,” Hill said.
“Importantly, Townsville City Council has structured the work packages on the pipeline very deliberately to give local firms the best possible chance of winning work on the project.
“Work is continuing on site and we are committing to have the pipeline completed in March next year.”