Haughton Pipeline Project Stage 2 underway

Works for Stage 2 of the $274 million project are progressing in preparation for construction and installation of 30 km of 1.8 m pipeline from the Haughton River to Burdekin.

The Haughton Pipeline Project is a water security initiative supporting the Ross River Dam water catchment, providing greater capacity to deliver raw water into the dam. 

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill announced the first tender for Stage 2 of the Haughton Pipeline has been released, bringing the significant project closer to construction.

The Premier said her government was providing up to $195 million in funding for the project.

“Stage 2 of the Haughton Pipeline project will go a long way in ensuring Townville water security for decades to come,” the Premier said.

“This project will also support hundreds of jobs during construction, boosting North Queensland’s economic recovery.”

Townsville City Council has formally signed off on a detailed road map for the project, including approval to increase the budget to $274 million, including an appropriate contingency allowance. 

“Completing the second stage of the Haughton pipeline will give Townsville the water security it needs as it grows over the next 50 years,” said Mayor Hill. 

“It realises the recommendation made by the Townsville Water Security Taskforce’s final report of November 2018 that a pipeline be constructed between the Ross River Dam and the Burdekin River near Clare to enable the dam level to be managed to best deliver water to the city.” 

Construction of the pipeline and pump station is expected to be complete by the end of 2024 with testing and commissioning to e finalised by March 2025. 

For more information visit the Queensland Government website. 

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