Cash set to flow for water
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.