Mount Morgan water security one step closer

The Mount Morgan Pipeline has reached an important milestone, with pipe laying now one-third complete for improved water security.

The Mount Morgan Pipeline has reached an important milestone. Pipe laying is now one-third complete, and designs for new pump stations and reservoirs are almost finished, improving regional water security.

Contractor Haslin has completed over 10km of pipe-laying along three route sections, including Johnson/Boongary Road in Gracemere and Kabra Road and Four Mile Road in Kabra.

Haslin is also finalising designs for the new pump stations, reservoirs, and upgrades to Razorback Road, which will be completed in the coming months.

The 28km high-pressure water pipeline will link Gracemere with Mount Morgan and provide the town with a long-term sustainable water solution.

The pipeline strengthens water security in Mount Morgan after three years of Level 6 water restrictions.

The project will support 50 local jobs. Various works and services will be performed by local contractors.

The Mount Morgan Water Pipeline project includes:

  • The 28km  pipeline from Gracemere to Mount Morgan
  • Upgrade of the Old Capricorn Highway pump station
  • A new reservoir and new pump station in Gracemere
  • A new pump station and small reservoir at Moonmera, halfway along the route
  • Upgrade and widening of a section of Razorback Road

The project is expected to be completed in September 2025, weather permitting.

The $88.2 million project, jointly funded by the Australian Government through the National Water Grid Fund and the Queensland Government with Rockhampton Regional Council, began construction in January 2024 following three years of sustained drought across the Mount Morgan No. 7 Dam catchment.

Comments attributable to Minister for Environment and Water Tanya Plibersek:

“It’s fantastic to see the Mount Morgan project moving along.

“We all know just how important this is for the community, with strong backing from all 3 levels of Government.

“I’m looking forward to water carting becoming a thing of the past. We hope to see a thriving Mount Morgan community and economy that a reliable and secure water source will ultimately support.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Water Glenn Butcher:

“It’s great to see Council getting on with this important water security project for Mount Morgan. The Miles Government is proud to provide $40.4 million in funding to see it delivered.

“I’ve said to Mayor Tony Williams, just like I’ve said to every Queensland Mayor – this is a government that works with our Councils to deliver the water infrastructure our communities need. The Mount Morgan Pipeline is further proof of this commitment.

“Water security means jobs, liveability, investment, and economic growth. It’s so important that we work with our Councils like Rocky to get water security right. And we’re a government that’s doing just that.

“The Miles Government continues to deliver water security for Central Queensland. The Mount Morgan Pipeline comes hot on the heels of Rookwood Weir, the largest Weir since World War Two.

“Projects like Rookwood Weir, the Fitzroy to Gladstone Pipeline and the Mount Morgan Pipeline confirm our delivery record in the region.”

Quotes attributable to Rockhampton MP Barry O’Rourke:

“Rocky is growing, and so is Mount Morgan. I’m pleased to see the Queensland and Australian Governments rolling up their sleeves to help the Council fund this vital water project.

Comments attributable to Rockhampton Regional Council Mayor Tony Williams:

“It is great to see this project moving ahead. It’s great to know that we are getting closer to its completion every day.

“This project is a game-changer for Mount Morgan and the local community. We know that we simply don’t have the catchment size and rainfall to provide that vital water security the town needs over the long term.

“The Mount Morgan Pipeline provides a permanent solution that will allow the town to grow and share in the jobs and economic opportunities we are pursuing as a region.”

“Funding from the Australian and Queensland Governments for this and other projects helps us to put downward pressure on rates and water charges – that’s money Rocky ratepayers don’t need to fork out for.”

Further Information:

In April 2024, Rockhampton Regional Council lifted water restrictions in Mount Morgan following extensive rainfall.

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