Construction on a new pipeline from Storm King Dam (pictured) to the Mt Marlay Water Treatment Plant will begin in March.
Construction on a new pipeline from Storm King Dam (pictured) to the Mt Marlay Water Treatment Plant will begin in March. Matthew Purcell

Pipeline works set to begin in March

THE process of installing a new Storm King Dam raw water pipeline is under way, with a tender being awarded for the $6.5million project.

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

The project will renew deteriorated pipeline between the dam and Mount Marlay Water Treatment Plant.

Councillor for Transport, Infrastructure and Utilities Marika McNichol said the project was vital and would deliver a quality water source to the 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.

"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 Southern Downs Regional Council is funding more than $2.6 million of the project, with the Queensland Government contributing more than $3.9 million through the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program.

Local Government Minister 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.

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

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

The project will support more than 25 jobs in the area, according to the council.

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