Cloncurry water pipeline fast taking shape

12 Aug 2009

Excitement is building in Cloncurry as the shire’s new $42.5m water pipeline project is fast taking shape.

Inspecting the progress on the pipeline project’s construction for the first time, Member for Mt Isa Betty Kiernan and Cloncurry Shire Mayor Andrew Daniels were delighted to see that five kilometers of the 38km pipeline had already been completed in only one week of construction.

“The pipedream to drought-proof Cloncurry is now reality with 830 of the 4800 pipes already in the ground,” Mrs Kiernan said.

“I am thrilled to see this vital future water solution underway. With construction started on the project, it’s now only a matter of months until Cloncurry residents will have their own guaranteed water supply.

“The Government has come through on its commitment to provide water security and reliability for Cloncurry ensuring water will never again need to be transported into town. The project will give Cloncurry the confidence it needs to attract and sustain population and industrial growth.”

Mayor Daniels said he was thrilled to see the pipeline making such good progress.

“The shire of Cloncurry has been seeking this water solution for many years so to see it actually happening is very exciting,” Cr Daniels said.

“We now have a guarantee of water, 365 days a year, no matter how harsh the conditions - and that is great news for the entire shire.

“In addition to providing a reliable water supply, the project also brings with it some economic benefits through the supply of goods and services for the project, and that is very beneficial for the shire too.”

SunWater CEO Peter Boettcher said construction of the pipeline project was expected to be completed in December with first water delivered in March.

The pipeline will deliver water from Lake Julius, via connection to SunWater’s 110km North Wet Queensland Water Pipeline and Julius Dam.

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