Haughton Pipeline Funds Fast-Tracked
The State Government has fast-tracked $100 million, as part of its $225 million commitment to Townsville’s water security, to keep construction of the Haughton 36.5km water pipeline moving.
Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the $100 million payment would go towards supporting up to 1000 jobs over the life of the project.
“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,” Mr Stewart said.
“There are more than 400 workers on the pipeline project and the recent mobilisation of the tunnel boring machine is ensuring the project is progressing post the severe flooding event.”
Minister for Natural Resources Dr Anthony Lynham said the Government recognised the necessity for reliable, long-term water supply, especially with Townsville’s unpredictable weather.
“This project is providing local employment, business opportunities and security and reliability of water supply,’’ Dr 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,” Cr 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.
This latest funding follows the first construction instalment of $15 million in August last year. This follows a previous payment of approximately $10 million in 2017 associated with the Water Smart Package.