Townsville’s water security is now closer to reality with a tender awarded for the Stage 2 Haughton Pipeline Extension Project business case.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the business case was crucial to progressing the project.
“Appointing Jacobs demonstrates the LNP Government’s commitment to securing Townsville’s water supply,” the Prime Minister 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 Townsville City Council to transform Townville’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 taxpayer’s 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.”
“Through backing Queensland water infrastructure projects and strong economic management, we are generating hundreds of local jobs and opportunities for businesses and households. This will strengthen Townsville and support its continued growth.”
Jacobs will work closely with a project steering committee comprising of representatives from all levels of government to deliver the business case.
The Stage 2 Haughton Pipeline Extension Project business case is expected to be finalised as quickly as possible to ensure any potential cost savings can be realised.