Queensland’s 2022-23 Budget announcement allocated a $40.4 million funding commitment for the Mount Morgan water pipeline in Rockhampton.
Rockhampton Region Mayor, Tony Williams, welcomed the funding and said having one of Council’s major advocacy priorities come to fruition is a fantastic outcome for the Mount Morgan Community.
“This has been something this Council has been actively lobbying for, both at the federal and state level, so this [is] great news,” Mr Williams said.
“This commitment, together with the federal funding of $3.5 million and Council’s contribution of completing the business case can now see this project through to completion.
“From here, the next step will be to progress with the detailed design and we will be talking to the community as we move towards construction.”
Rockhampton Water Councillor, Donna Kirkland, said the pipeline project would benefit all ratepayers across the region.
“Council has to spend around $5 million a year to truck water up to Mount Morgan so to have this project funded now is a win for our entire region,” Ms Kirkland said.
“What this does is bring certainty to those residents in Mount Morgan and we look forward to seeing it come to life in the near future as I am sure they will too.”
The Mount Morgan dam project will take around two years to build.