Water infrastructure runs hot for Qld Government

Communities across Queensland are set to benefit from the Queensland Government’s 2022-23 Budget, with more than $510 million announced for water infrastructure and planning to drive jobs and better services.

Communities across Queensland are set to benefit from the Queensland Government’s 2022-23 Budget. More than $510 million was announced for water infrastructure and planning to drive jobs and better services.

Minister for Water Glenn Butcher said more than $447 million had been set aside for water security projects, which builds on the Queensland Government’s record investment in water infrastructure.

“This government supports projects that stack up while providing jobs and economic growth to Queensland communities. This budget is more evidence of our commitment to the people of Queensland,” Butcher said.

“More than $300 million has been committed to delivering the Toowoomba to Warwick Pipeline project to provide drought contingency for Warwick and surrounding communities and a permanent water supply to Toowoomba satellite communities.

Butcher said these funds could be released quickly once the projects had been thoroughly assessed. He is also waiting for the relevant business cases, which are nearly complete, to be submitted. Any necessary federal contribution had been committed.

“We’ve heard from regional Queenslanders that these are the projects that are important to them. We are ready to continue supporting regional Queensland communities. We know water is critical to jobs, growth and liveability in these regions,” he said.

The highly successful Building our Regions Round 6 program will progress with $39 million allocated in 2022-23 to further support regional communities with an urban water supply and water treatment infrastructure.

“The Government is committed to good jobs, better services and a great lifestyle. We know all these factors are critical to boosting our economy,” Butcher said.

“Through Building our Regions, we’re empowering Queensland councils to make their regions the best they can be. Improved water services are so important to liveability in our regions.”

Water infrastructure in the North

The Cloncurry Community Service Obligation payments will continue. Almost $28 million over four years has been allocated to subsidise water delivery to Cloncurry Shire Council.

“Further west, the Hughenden community will benefit from $25.6 million for the development of Flinders Shire Council’s Hughenden Water Bank project,” Butcher said.

Stage 2 of the Rural Water Futures program has also received $9.3 million in funding over the next two years to ensure the state’s precious water resources are managed sustainably into the future and to deliver tangible benefits to irrigators, the environment and the community more broadly.

“In the state’s Far North, $107.5 million over the next two years has been committed to shoring up Stage 1 of the Cairns Water Security program to support the growing needs of the far north.

“$40.4 million over three years has been allocated to the construction of a drinking water pipeline from Gracemere to Mt Morgan. That includes necessary water infrastructure upgrades in Gracemere.

“We’ve committed $26 million to the Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct for enabling infrastructure, including a reservoir and 13km pipeline, connecting the precinct and pump station to the Haughton Pipeline,” he said.

Water infrastructure throughout the regions

There is also funding to prepare to rebuild Paradise Dam and the investigation of additional water supply. There will also be upgrades to recreational areas at regional dams, finishing the Southwest Pipeline, and dam improvement programs. The Queensland government is increasing its investments in critical infrastructure in central and northwest Queensland.

Safe and secure water supply is a clear focus in this year’s budget, with $20.9 million allocated over four years for various projects.

The government is providing additional funding of $300,000 in 2022-23 to the State Council of River Trusts Queensland to continue to support the work of River Improvement Trusts across the state.

“This is a budget that delivers for the whole of Queensland. Water is one of our most precious commodities. We’ve always said we’ll fund the projects will provide jobs, growth and surety to all our communities,” Butcher said.

“I look forward to seeing the difference our continued water investment is making across this state.”

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