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Mayor wants funds to build pipe­line by 2019

Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - DOMANII CAMERON

TOWNSVILLE Mayor Jenny Hill wants to see du­pli­ca­tion of the Haughton Pipe­line com­pleted by 2019.

Cr Hill will to­day send a let­ter to Premier An- nasta­cia Palaszczuk ask­ing for the State Gov­ern­ment’s $ 225 mil­lion com­mit­ment to be de­liv­ered over the next two years — in­stead of four — so the project can be com­pleted by the end of 2019. The Mayor will ask for $ 125 mil­lion to be pro­vided this year, with the re­main­ing $ 100 mil­lion de­liv­ered dur­ing the next fi­nan­cial year to ac­cel­er­ate the project and pro­vide a boost for lo­cal con­trac­tors.

The Townsville Wa­ter Se­cu­rity Task­force, set up un­der the City Deal agree­ment be­tween Townsville City Coun­cil and the State and Fed- eral gov­ern­ments, handed down its in­terim re­port on fix­ing the wa­ter cri­sis in June.

The Task­force rec­om­mended con­struc­tion of a sec­ond pipe­line to du­pli­cate the ex­ist­ing sup­ply link from the Bur­dekin Dam to Ross River Dam.

MAYOR Jenny Hill will to­day ask Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk to fast- track fund­ing for the du­pli­ca­tion of the Haughton Pipe­line.

Cr Hill will send a let­ter to the Premier to­day re­quest­ing that the State Gov­ern­ment’s $ 225 mil­lion com­mit­ment be de­liv­ered over the next two years — in­stead of four — so the project could be com­pleted by the end of 2019.

The Mayor will ask for $ 125 mil­lion to be pro­vided this year, with the re­main­ing $ 100 mil­lion de­liv­ered dur­ing the next fi­nan­cial year to ac­cel­er­ate the project and pro­vide a boost for lo­cal con­trac­tors.

It comes af­ter The Townsville Wa­ter Se­cu­rity Task­force, set up un­der the City Deal agree­ment be­tween Townsville City Coun­cil and the State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ments, handed down its in­terim re­port on fix­ing the wa­ter cri­sis in June.

The Task­force rec­om­mended con­struc­tion of a sec­ond pipe­line to du­pli­cate the ex­ist­ing sup­ply link from the Bur­dekin Dam to Ross River Dam.

“Coun­cil’s cam­paign to get the task­force set up and to se­cure the fund­ing was a big win, but I speak on be­half of our com­mu­nity when I say we need the pipe­line built and the ad­di­tional wa­ter flow­ing as soon as pos­si­ble,” Cr Hill said.

“There is now an ex­pec­ta­tion in our com­mu­nity that every­one gets on with the job and I’ve out­lined to the Premier the over­whelm­ing ben­e­fits that com­plet­ing the project over the next two years will de­liver for the city.”

Cr Hill said de­sign work on the sec­ond pipe­line was well ad­vanced.

“The coun­cil is de­vel­op­ing a method of de­liv­ery that will break the project down into smaller pack­ages that will max­imise op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal con­trac­tors and get the work done faster,” she said.

“The task­force, un­der the di­rec­tion and lead­er­ship of Brad Webb, did a great job with their work to iden­tify the best pipe­line op­tion, and the gov­ern­ment has de­liv­ered for Townsville with their fund­ing com­mit­ment.”

Task­force chair­man Brad Webb sup­ported Cr Hill’s re­quest to the Premier.

“The State Gov­ern­ment re­sponded very quickly to the task­force’s rec­om­men­da­tions with a com­mit­ment to fund the pipe­line and that was a great re­sult for the com­mu­nity,” he said. “With the coun­cil de­sign work and prepa­ra­tions well ad­vanced, if we can get the fund­ing through sooner, we can get the pipe­line built and get the jobs and wa­ter flow­ing for Townsville res­i­dents.”

The State Gov­ern­ment in June com­mit­ted $ 225 mil­lion over four years to de­liver on the rec­om­men­da­tions of the Wa­ter Se­cu­rity Task­force, a pledge matched by the LNP.

The coun­cil has al­ready an­nounced a $ 10 mil­lion wa­ter man­age­ment cam­paign, to be fronted by celebrity gar­dener Jamie Durie, funded as part of the State Gov­ern­ment’s wa­ter com­mit­ment. The scheme will in­clude fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives for res­i­dents to un­der­take wa­ter­sav­ing mea­sures.

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