- LNP commits $225 million towards upgrading the Haughton Channel and duplicating the Ross River Dam pipeline.
- The LNP will call for expressions of interest for construction and design contractors within the first 100 days of winning office
- Townsville has already waited too long for a water security plan after Labor failed to identify and address this obvious and ongoing issue over the past three years
- Labor can’t be trusted to build the vital infrastructure or projects Townsville needs
Liberal National Party Leader Tim Nicholls will announce today a $225 million plan that will secure Townsville’s water issues for generations to come.
Mr Nicholls said a future LNP government would upgrade the Haughton Channel and duplicate the Ross River Dam pipeline.
He said this was just one aspect of the LNP’s comprehensive water security plan to Build a Better Queensland.
“The LNP will call for expressions of interest for construction and design contractors within the first 100 days of winning office,” Mr Nicholls said.
“We will not delay funding for this project and we will provide the funding as fast as the engineers can build the project.
“Townsville has already waited too long for a water security plan after Labor failed to identify and address this obvious and ongoing issue over the past three years.”
Mr Nicholls said Townsville’s growth was at risk because of water insecurity and it was about time the region got its fair share.
“South-east Queensland has had billions of dollars spent by Labor governments on the water infrastructure grid, including on a water desalination plant that is now sitting around collecting dust,” he said.
“Townsville has had to pump water from the Burdekin Falls Dam for the first time in a decade under Labor’s watch.
“Townsville’s water security is in doubt unless the current channel and pipeline system is upgraded.
“The LNP’s realistic water security plan is about putting Townsville back on track to prosperity, a prosperity that has been decimated under Labor over the past three years."
LNP Shadow Water Supply Minister Michael Hart said the new channel and pipeline system would be more efficient than the existing infrastructure, meaning the pumping costs per megalitre would be reduced.
“The current Haughton Pipeline provides a bulk water supply link to the Burdekin Haughton Water Supply Scheme,” Mr Hart said.
“This pipeline is capable of pumping 130 megalitre per day of raw water into the Ross River Dam to top up water levels during periods of low rainfall, however up to 30ML/day is lost through evaporation.
“This is why the current level three restrictions target 100ML/day of usage.
“The new Haughton Pipeline would provide an additional 234ML/day of raw water supply, bringing the total capacity up to more than 356ML/day.”
Mr Hart said Labor could not be trusted to build the vital infrastructure projects Townsville needs.
“This do-nothing Labor government continues to starve Townsville of vital infrastructure investment – they have essentially taken this region for granted,” he said.
“Townsville has wall-to-wall Labor MPs apparently representing the city’s best interests in Brisbane, but for three years they have been quiet as church mice.
“On their watch we have seen Townsville become the unemployment and crime capital of the state – what a fantastic legacy that will be for Coralee O’Rourke, Aaron Harper and Scott Stewart.
“Labor always promises the world but never, never delivers.”