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    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    TOOWOOMBA PIPELINE TAKING SHAPE

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Thursday, April 09, 2009

    TOOWOOMBA PIPELINE TAKING SHAPE

    Work is well underway on the $187 million Toowoomba water pipeline, to connect the Garden City to Wivenhoe Dam.

    The Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe said the construction teams have started laying pipe on rural land west of Esk.

    “The 140 construction workers who now have jobs on this project are going flat out and the first of more than 3,000 pieces of pipe are in the ground,” said Mr Hinchliffe.

    “Workers have completed more than 1,100 metres of the pipeline and have 37 km to go.

    “Construction is now at its peak and the crews are laying up to three hundred metres of pipe a day.

    “We’re on track to have this pipeline working in January next year, giving drought ravaged Toowoomba a secure water supply.

    “While much of the South East has seen some good rain, we have not forgotten that Toowoomba’s water situation remains dire.”

    Toowoomba North MP Kerry Shine said the pipeline is critical to supply the Garden City with water.

    “The combined levels of Toowoomba’s dams is still below 10 percent, so this pipeline is desperately needed,” said Mr Shine.

    “It will provide a secure water supply for the estimated 120,000 people who rely on the Cooby, Perseverance and Cressbrook Dams.

    “This pipeline will be able to supply up to 14,200 million litres of water a year if needed, that’s over 50% more than Toowoomba’s current demand.

    “With extra pumps added, this pipeline will be able to supply Toowoomba with 18,000 million litres a year and cater for population growth for the next 25 to 40 years.

    “140 people are hard at work building this pipeline and a third of them are locals, so this project is also providing real jobs in the Brisbane Valley.”

    The Toowoomba Pipeline team started construction at the base of a hill known as the “Saddle”, about 12 kilometres west of Esk.

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