Firm push for pipe­line work to stay in North

Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - DOMANII CAMERON domanii.cameron@news.com.au

TOWNSVILLE busi­nesses are adamant they can build the Haughton pipe­line du­pli­ca­tion.

Wa­ter Task­force chair­man Brad Webb and the Townsville City Coun­cil are cham­pi­oning lo­cal busi­nesses as Mayor Jenny Hill presses for a 2019 com­ple­tion date for the project.

The Townsville Wa­ter Se­cu­rity Task­force rec­om­mended a du­pli­ca­tion of the ex­ist­ing pipe­line from Bur­dekin Dam to Ross River Dam to ease Townsville’s wa­ter woes.

And Mr Webb wants to see con­tracts for work on the project go to Townsville busi­nesses.

“I’ve spo­ken to them ( busi­nesses) and they’re re­ally keen to get in front of the coun­cil,” he said.

TOWNSVILLE busi­nesses have both the ca­pa­bil­i­ties and com­pet­i­tive­ness to man­u­fac­ture the Haughton pipe­line du­pli­ca­tion, ac­cord­ing to Wa­ter Task­force chair­man Brad Webb.

Mr Webb and Townsville City Coun­cil have pledged to max­imise op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal con­trac­tors in the con­struc­tion of the pipe­line.

“( The) coun­cil is putting a huge ef­fort into try­ing to en­sure that the money comes to Townsville,” Mr Webb said.

“I’ve spo­ken to them ( busi­nesses) and they’re re­ally keen to get in front of the coun­cil.”

Mr Webb said much like the North Queens­land Sta­dium, the re­gion could con­struct and man­u­fac­ture the steel for the pipe­line.

“It’s a big job but the ben­e­fits could be enor­mous,” he said. “Ev­ery­one is talk­ing about lo­cal, this isn’t just con­struc­tion, it’s man­u­fac­tur­ing the pipe.

“It hasn’t been done and it’s some­thing that should be done.”

Mayor Jenny Hill wrote to Pre­mier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk on Mon­day re­quest­ing their Bud­get com­mit­ment of $ 225 mil­lion be fast- tracked to al­low the pipe­line to be con­structed by 2019.

Mr Webb said meet­ing this time frame was vi­tal as the cur­rent pipe­line was in dire con­di­tion.

“There is a risk that the pumps will fail,” he said. “It’s 30- year- old in­fra­struc­ture.

“If it’s man­aged very care­fully we should hope­fully get through without any cat­a­strophic fail­ures.

“It’s like driv­ing an old truck to Bris­bane ev­ery day, even­tu­ally it’s go­ing to let you down.

“You need to have good equip­ment.” TEi Ser­vices in Townsville is cur­rently man­u­fac­tur­ing a chim­ney which is larger than the 1.8m di­am­e­ter of the pro­posed pipe­line.

Gen­eral man­ager Richard Parker said the fam­ily- run busi­ness had op­er­ated since 1968 and was “very keen” to ap­ply for the pipe­line con­tract once it was an­nounced.

“It’s a big job but the ca­pac­ity is cer­tainly in the town,” he said. “TEi has man­u­fac­tured projects not that length but it’s sim­i­lar to a chim­ney we’re do­ing now. We’d have to have a look at the scope of the ten­der doc­u­ments when they come out.

“If we have to team up with other busi­nesses we would.

“I’ve spo­ken to Brad ( Webb) about it.”

Cr Hill said the coun­cil wanted to see as much work as pos­si­ble on the new pipe­line stay lo­cal.

“The coun­cil is al­ready look­ing at how the project can be bro­ken down into smaller work pack­ages to max­imise lo­cal con­tent and lo­cal jobs,” she said.


WORK FLOW: TEi Ser­vices gen­eral man­ager Richard Parker be­side a sec­tion of the steel chim­ney his busi­ness is build­ing. He is keen to ap­ply for work on the Haughton pipe­line project.

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