Critical infrastructure which will provide water security to the town of Mount Morgan has been shored up, after the Queensland Government allocated $40.4 million in the recent state budget.
Minister for Water Glenn Butcher officially announced the project at Mount Morgan’s No. 7 dam today.
“This Queensland Labor Government is committed to building a pipeline from Gracemere to Mount Morgan, so that the Rockhampton Council will never need to cart water to this community again.
“We know how critical water security is to regional Queensland and that’s why we’ve invested this money, to make this project happen,” Mr Butcher said.
“Not only will this project create jobs during construction but a secure water supply bolsters jobs growth for existing businesses in the region and brings more businesses and families to the area.”
Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke congratulated the Queensland Government on shoring up the funds for the region.
“This is a game-changer for this region and one of a number of highlights from this year’s Queensland budget,” he said.
“Water security, on top of a big investment in our health system and more money for local roads, schools and services are all big wins for Rockhampton,” Mr O’Rourke said.
Rockhampton Regional Council Mayor Tony Williams thanked the Water Minister for advocating for the pipeline project.
“The proposed potable water pipeline from Gracemere to Mount Morgan would be approximately 28.7km in length. The project will also include upgrades to the pump station and reservoir at Gracemere,” Mr Williams said.
“Minister Butcher’s support is an incredible legacy for current and future generations of Mount Morgan, who will now enjoy a permanent, secure water supply of liquid gold.”
The budget commitment means the funds can be released quickly, once the project’s Detailed Business Case has been thoroughly assessed.
“I want to really thank Rockhampton Regional Council for their hard work in preparing the business case and working collaboratively with my department,” Minister Butcher said.
“We’re all working toward a better Queensland and we do that best when we work together.”
Federal Labor has also committed $3.5 million to the project, which is expected to start early next year.