SunWater committed to traffic safety

20 Aug 2013

SunWater is mitigating the impacts of the increased use of trucks in construction of its Woleebee Creek to Glebe Weir pipeline, in the areas near Wandoan and Taroom, through reduced speed limits and monitoring of driver behaviour.

The project, which involves the construction of a 120km water pipeline to transport treated coal seam gas (CSG) water from QGC’s Woleebee Creek water treatment plant to Glebe Weir, has resulted in an increase in traffic from heavy vehicles on local roads.

SunWater’s General Manager Industrial Pipelines Tim Donaghy said the project recognised safety as its main priority during construction works.

"We take the safety of our workers and the community very seriously and have implemented a set of rules for our heavy vehicle drivers to abide by," he said.

"These rules include setting a maximum speed limit of 60km per hour for all heavy vehicles travelling on roads which have been identified as high risk roads and not permitting travel during school drop off and pick up times."

SunWater and construction contractor Murphy Pipe and Civil will monitor the conduct and performance of their drivers via an in vehicle monitoring device installed in vehicles.

Mr Donaghy said the majority of the increased heavy vehicle traffic for the project is expected to be completed by early September 2013.

"In order to advise the local community of SunWater’s safety initiative on local roads, an advertising campaign will be published in local newspapers over the next four weeks," he said.

"We understand that this increase in heavy vehicle traffic on the roads may be inconvenient for the local community and we would like to thank them for their patience during this period."

Construction activities will continue until the completion of the project which is - expected in mid 2014. However, the traffic will be less frequent from early September onwards and comprise predominantly light vehicles.

For further information on the project, or the traffic controls in place, contact the project hotline on 1800 628 342.


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