Cash set to flow for wa­ter

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DOMANII CAMERON

THE State Gov­ern­ment has reaf­firmed its com­mit­ment to Townsville’s wa­ter woes, with fund­ing to flow as needed to meet project mile­stones.

It comes af­ter Mayor Jenny Hill wrote to Pre­mier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk on Mon­day ask­ing for the $ 225 mil­lion that was com­mit­ted in the State Bud­get to be fast tracked.

A spokesman for the Pre­mier said Par­lia­ment’s ap­proval of the State Bud­get this week en­sured La­bor’s com­mit­ment to se­cure Townsville’s wa­ter se­cu­rity was locked in.

“The ( Townsville City) Coun­cil will de­velop and send a project plan and the funds will flow as needed to meet the project mile­stones,” he said.

“$ 10 mil­lion is al­ready be­ing handed over for the wa­ter­wise cam­paign to en­cour­age and re­ward lo­cal res­i­dents for wa­ter ef­fi­cien­cies.”

Wa­ter Task­force chair­man Brad Webb said this week Townsville busi- nesses had both the ca­pa­bil­i­ties and com­pet­i­tive­ness to man­u­fac­ture the Haughton pipe­line du­pli­ca­tion.

Mr Webb and Townsville City Coun­cil pledged to max­imise op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal steel busi­nesses in a bid to boost the re­gion’s econ­omy.

The spokesman said the Gov­ern­ment’s Buy Queens­land pol­icy would “ab­so­lutely” ap­ply to the wa­ter project.

“The Gov­ern­ment is de­ter­mined to de­liver the Buy Queens­land pol­icy be­cause it’s good for Queens­land busi­ness,” he said.

“Key el­e­ments of the Buy Queens­land pol­icy that will ap­ply to the Townsville wa­ter se­cu­rity project in­clude re­quir­ing at least one lo­cal or re­gional sup­plier, and one other Queens­land- based busi­ness, to be in­vited to quote or ten­der for ev­ery pro­cure­ment op­por­tu­nity of­fered.

Townsville MP Scott Ste­wart has had in­for­mal meet­ings with the Queens­land Trea­surer’s of­fice al­ready about fast track­ing the money.

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