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    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Water on its way for Cloncurry

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Thursday, September 17, 2009

    Water on its way for Cloncurry

    The critical water pipeline for Cloncurry is on track to be completed by Christmas, Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe said today.

    The $42.5 million pipeline, connecting Cloncurry to Lake Julius, will ensure a secure water supply for Cloncurry residents.

    “This project is critical to securing the water supply for the township of Cloncurry and has been designed to cater for future population and industrial growth in the region,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “The 38km pipeline will have the capacity to deliver up to 1500 megalitres of water into Cloncurry, 900 megalitres of which will be allocated for town supplies.

    “The other 600 megalitres will be made available for industrial and population growth in the future.

    “I am confident the people of Cloncurry fully grasp the dangers of running out of water after having to rail in their water from Mount Isa when the town’s water supply ran dry.

    “This pipeline will ensure that such a situation will never happen again.”

    The Queensland Government has reaffirmed its commitment to completing construction of the high-priority Cloncurry Pipeline Project before Christmas by issuing a works regulation.

    The works regulation, issued by the Coordinator-General under the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971, reduces the likelihood of delays by ensuring SunWater has access, if needed, to State, local council and private land, roads and water courses.

    “SunWater, which will deliver this critical piece of infrastructure, has reached voluntary agreements with all landowners in the pipeline route,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “The works regulation is just the Queensland Government taking out insurance—it will only be needed if a voluntary agreement falls through.

    “In the unlikely event it is needed, SunWater will be required to adhere to strict conditions set out in the works regulation before the Coordinator-General will approve access to land.”

    Member for Mount Isa Betty Kiernan said there has been a strong sense of community confidence since pipeline construction began.

    “The pipeline design will cater for future population and industrial growth,’’ Mrs Kiernan said.

    “Given the difficulties experienced in recent years, the pipeline is going to provide the kind of security Cloncurry has not been experienced for many years.

    “It is most satisfying for me to see the Bligh Government delivering on its promise”.

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