Townsville Pipeline Funding to be Fast-Tracked
The Queensland Government intends to fast-track funding for the $225 million Haughton pipeline to ensure long-term water security for Townsville, as part of the Mid-Year Fiscal and Economic Review.
Deputy Premier and Treasurer, Jackie Trad said funding of $160 million – up from $15 million – will now be provided in 2018-19, with a further $55 million to be provided in 2019-20.
“Bringing forward this funding to secure Townsville’s water supply is in addition to the $17.9 million we have fast-tracked for local projects in five NQ councils under our Works for Queensland project. Together, these projects will provide a further boosting to the local economy and jobs.”
TCC set a December 2019 completion date for construction of the project.
“The people of Townsville can be assured their water supply is secure through to at least 2030.”
“When the pipeline is completed, Townsville will have access to an additional 234 mega litres of water per day from the Burdekin – nearly tripling the current capacity.
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill thanked the Queensland Government for bringing forward funding for the pipeline, which is Council’s number one infrastructure priority.
“Council would like to thank the Queensland Government for bringing forward $160 million in funding for the pipeline to ensure the money is available when we need it,” Cr Hill said.