Pipeline contract awarded

Storm King Dam. (File image)

Construction of the new Storm King Dam raw water pipeline is set to get underway in March with a tender being awarded for the $6.5M project by the Southern Downs Regional Council to Newlands Civil Construction.

A statement released by the council says the pipeline is “a joint initiative of Southern Downs Regional Council and the Queensland State Government” and a “vital project (which) will renew the deteriorated raw water pipeline between Storm King Dam and Mount Marley Water Treatment Plant”.

Councillor for Transport, Infrastructure and Utilities Marika McNichol said the Storm King Dam pipeline is a vital project which would deliver a quality water source to the Southern Downs community into the future.

“We are committed to upgrading and investing in the region’s ageing infrastructure and delivering quality projects to the community which continually improve the liveability of the Southern Downs region,” Cr McNichol said.

“The Storm King Dam pipeline project is a priority for Council and one that will ensure a continuous water supply for Stanthorpe and deliver water security to residents into the future.

“This pipeline is crucial infrastructure needed for the Southern Downs and awarding the tender for the construction and design of the project is a big leap towards its completion.”

The council is funding more than $2.6M of the project with the Queensland Government contributing more than $3.9M through the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program (LGGSP).

The new 30 centimetre wide, 8.9 kilometre pipeline will replace the current infrastructure which was constructed in 1954.

Construction of the Storm King Dam pipeline is expected to be complete by December this year.

The council says the project will support more than 25 jobs in the Southern Downs and “boost the manufacturing and construction industries”.

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