The Federal Government will provide $195 million to build Townsville’s Haughton Pipeline project stage two.
The pipeline project involves the duplication of a 36.5 kilometre pipeline from the Haughton Pump Station to the Ross River Dam.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said construction of Stage 1 of the pipeline was nearing completion.
He said the Federal Government is committed to delivering the pipeline which will support Townsville’s access to a reliable water supply.
“The Federal Government’s first priority is to invest in Townsville by supporting construction of Stage 2 of the Haughton Pipeline which will create hundreds of jobs and provide greater agricultural benefits,” Mr. McCormack said.
“Reliable water is something the region needs and deserves, which is why we are investing in this job-creating project for Townsville.”
Federal Member for Herbert, Phillip Thompson said stage two would create an average of 691 new jobs over its three year construction along with 30 full time ongoing positions.
The Townsville Water Security Taskforce established under the Townsville City Deal with the Townsville Council, has driven investment into Townsville’s water security.
The stage two business case, funded by the Federal Government will provide the project steering committee with economic and engineering expertise to help Townsville City Council to construct the pipeline.
Infrastructure Australia will also provide independent advice on the business case of the proposed project.