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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh
    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    TOOWOOMBA PIPELINE POWERS AHEAD

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Monday, April 27, 2009

    TOOWOOMBA PIPELINE POWERS AHEAD

    Premier Anna Bligh said construction of the Toowoomba Pipeline is making good progress, with just over 10% of the 38km water pipeline completed from Wivenhoe Dam to Cressbrook Dam.

    “The $187 million project is on track to be finished on time in January next year,” Ms Bligh said.

    “We’re getting on with the job of building this pipeline, so far close to four kilometres out of the 38 kilometre route is in the ground,” said Ms Bligh.

    “We’ve got five crews working full time and they’re laying up to 350 metres of pipe a day, starting in rural land west of Esk.

    “The rest of South East Queensland has had some good rain, but we have not forgotten Toowoomba’s dams are under ten percent and the situation remains dire.

    “This project has so far created close to 220 jobs and provided a real boost for Toowoomba and the Brisbane Valley.

    “Around 50 locals have found jobs working on the pipeline and that number will grow.

    “We’ve made using local businesses a priority and the project has so far invested $5 million at a time when every dollar is vital.

    “This pipeline will provide a secure water supply for the Garden City, allowing it to grow for decades to come,” she said.

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe thanked Toowoomba residents for doing their bit to conserve water.

    “The people of Toowoomba have cut their daily water use to under 140 litres per person,” said Mr Hinchliffe.

    “Even so, the Garden City’s supply situation remains precarious, with the combined levels of its three dams now at 9.7 %, compared with 11.9 % at this time last year.

    “That is why we keep building this pipeline as quickly as we can, it will be able to provide 50% more water that Toowoomba currently uses.”

    The pipeline will have the capacity to deliver 14,200 megalitres of water a year to Cressbrook Dam, or 39 ML per day if needed.

    Media: Premier’s office: 3224 4500