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SDRC awards tender for $6.5M Storm King Dam pipeline

Construction of the new Storm King Dam raw water pipeline is well underway with a tender being awarded for the $6.5M project.

Construction of the new pipeline is set to begin in early 2019 after Southern Downs Regional Council awarded the tender to Newlands Civil Construction.

A joint initiative of Southern Downs Regional Council and the Queensland State Government, the vital project will renew 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.”

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

Minister for Local Government Stirling Hinchliffe applauded the Council for moving forward with the project.

“This is exactly the type of important infrastructure the LGGSP is designed to help our councils deliver for their communities,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“Cr Dobie and her team are to be congratulated for taking this next step in ensuring ongoing water supply well into the future.”

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

Construction of the Storm King Dam pipeline is due to commence in March and expected to be complete by December 2019.

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

For more information on Southern Downs Regional Council’s latest projects visit sdrc.qld.gov.au or contact 1300 MY SDRC (1300 697 372).

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