SunWater’s Cloncurry pipeline project was built in an effort to secure a more reliable water supply for the town of Cloncurry from Lake Julius via connection to SunWater’s 110 km North West Queensland Water Pipeline (NWQWP) and Julius Dam. The pipeline is capable of delivering up to 900 megalitres of water to Cloncurry’s water treatment plant each year.
The pipeline's design was firstly initiated to provide a guaranteed water supply to service future population and industrial growth in the township.
The town of Cloncurry has experienced severe water shortages in recent years during periods of extended drought.
In 2008, with water being brought to the town by rail, Cloncurry Shire Council requested assistance from the Queensland Government for a construction of a new water pipeline from the Ernest Henry Mine to augment existing water supply infrastructure.
The Queensland Government requested the preparation of a business case in August and on Monday 8 December 2008, Premier Anna Bligh announced that SunWater was selected to build the pipeline at the cost of $42.5 million.
The ongoing drought necessitated a tight time frame to deliver the project.
To minimize possible delays over the wet season, SunWater undertook a preliminary works program, to ensure the earliest possible delivery of the pipeline.
The pipeline construction was completed March 2010 and has been commissioned to begin delivering water.
- Reliable water supply for Cloncurry
- Up to 900 megalitres of water to Cloncurry’s water treatment plant each year
- Population and industrial growth in the town of Cloncurry
- Employment opportunities for local Cloncurry and Queensland-based contractors
Environmental protection and management measures were employed throughout the pipeline's construction. These included:
- All machinery was washed down before entering and leaving the project site to ensure weeds were not transported
- Ramps were installed in trenches to enable wildlife to get in and out of open trenches
The Mitakoodi people and SunWater undertook a cultural heritage survey of the area to ensure cultural heritage was respected and maintained throughout the project.
The cultural heritage survey, identified a range of culturally significant artifacts along the route of the pipeline.
The route was re-designed in respect to these artifacts, except where the Mitakoodi people gave permission to relocate them.
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