Bowen Pipeline takes step toward 2023 turning of soil

CONSTRUCTION of a 105km underground pipeline to transport water from Burdekin Falls Dam south to Bowen has taken a further step forward today with the announcement of a $5 million grant under the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund.

CONSTRUCTION of a 105km underground pipeline to transport water from Burdekin Falls Dam south to Bowen has taken a further step forward today with the announcement of a $5 million grant under the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund.

The pipeline, which commences at Home Hill and moves south to Bowen, generally follows the brownfield road reserves of the Bruce Highway, and will allow the creation of a reliable, secure water supply to Australia’s largest winter vegetable growing area. It will provide non-potable water to existing and future agriculturalists, schools, the aquaculture industry, businesses, and the Bowen township.

Bowen Pipeline Company Directors, Sean Brown and Kathryn Brown, together with Chairman Brent Finlay, thanked Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, and Member for Dawson, George Christensen, for their support.

“We are extremely grateful to the Federal Government, the State Government, Minister Glenn Butcher, and the Whitsunday, Burdekin and Townsville City Councils who together have given us the opportunity to complete the final segments of the work undertaken by our willing band of 40 investors, the majority of whom are local to the Pipeline region,” Mr Brown said.

“The grant announced today will contribute significantly to bringing the project closer to turning soil in 2023.”

KPMG assessed the project would create up to 3,000 full-time jobs as well as 145 jobs during construction. Townsville, as the major industrial and logistics hub for export, will benefit as will Bowen, Home Hill, Ayr and Gumlu, while agricultural production would grow upwards of $400M.

World-class Australian technology will be applied to the onsite extrusions of the High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) pipe in long lengths, to result in 4,000 fewer B double truck movements being required during construction. Water sourced from the pipeline will be prohibited for use in flood irrigation, and water users will utilise modern trickle and drip technology to eliminate run-off and help protect the Great Barrier Reef.

“Not only will the pipeline bring immense benefits to local communities, but it will also allow Australian growers to export to key international markets and take full advantage of the important Free Trade Agreements negotiated by the Federal Government,” Mrs Brown said.

“This project is a wonderful outcome for the hard-working people of the area who currently do not have a reliable and secure supply of water. It also provides an opportunity for vertical integration, and we continue to have positive discussions with domestic and international processing and manufacturing companies about the pipeline’s development.”

For further information go to www.bowenpipeline.com.au

 

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