Planning for the new Storm King Dam raw water pipeline is well underway with a tender being awarded for the $6.5 million project. Construction of the new pipeline is set to begin in early 2019 after Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) awarded the tender to Newlands Civil Construction.

A joint initiative of SDRC and the Queensland State Government, the project will renew the 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 will deliver a quality water source to the Southern Downs community into the future. “We are committed to upgrading and investing in the region’s aging 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,” she continued. “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 $2.6 million of the project with the Queensland State Government contributing more than $3.9 million 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.”

Construction of the pipeline is due to commence in March and the project will support more than 25 jobs in the Southern Downs and boost the manufacturing
and construction industries.

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