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Big step forward for $300m Pipeline Project

Big step forward for $300m pipeline project

Major Water Pipeline Project Nearing Reality

A planned $300 million water pipeline designed to end the water woes of Toowoomba’s satellite communities is a step closer to reality.

SeqWater has now called for tenders for a head contractor to oversee the project. Companies that have been shortlisted have now been asked to submit a tender, with local business partnership opportunities to follow

Job Creation and Long-Term Security

Queensland Water Minister Glenn Butcher said the project would support 400 jobs during construction and provide long-term water security to the Southern Downs and Toowoomba satellite communities when completed.

The pipeline will carry water from Wivenhoe Dam to Toowoomba via existing water infrastructure and then deliver water to Warwick through a new 109-kilometre pipeline.

Drought Contingency and Permanent Supply

The completed project will provide a drought contingency supply for the Southern Downs and will facilitate a permanent water supply to Toowoomba satellite communities of Cambooya, Greenmount, Nobby and Clifton.

The pipeline will run primarily underground, beginning in Highfields and connecting to the existing Toowoomba Regional Council pipeline network, near the Mount Kynoch Water Treatment Plant. This new connection will transfer water from Wivenhoe Dam to the Warwick Reservoir near Leslie Dam in the Southern Downs.

Project Timeline and Local Engagement

The project is expected to be completed in early 2027, weather and construction conditions permitting.

Local contractors and suppliers are encouraged to register interest on the Seqwater website.

“While it’s great to see the dams at good levels, we know our rainfall has its ups and downs – which is why we’re delivering this important project,’’ said Mr Butcher.

“I’m pleased to see progress on this important pipeline, which is delivering long-term water security to Toowoomba and the Southern Downs, so critical for supporting the ongoing resilience, liveability and prosperity of this region.

Seqwater chief executive officer Will Harpham said he was looking forward to seeing the project move forward.

“Following early planning, detailed design and geotechnical investigations, Seqwater is pleased to progress with procurement for the head contractor as we continue to plan for on-site works in 2025,” he said.