The Federal and Queensland Labor Governments have partnered with the Rockhampton Regional Council to finance the ambitious $88.2 million Mount Morgan Pipeline Project in Australia’s northeast.
The pipeline project is a transformative initiative to ensure enduring water security for Mount Morgan in Central Queensland.
The Mount Morgan Pipeline Project, along with its associated infrastructure, is set to end the labor-intensive practice of water carting while guaranteeing the long-term sustainability and livability of the town.
"The Albanese Government understands regional communities like Mount Morgan play a massive role in our national prosperity. A robust national economy needs a strong Central Queensland, and that's why investments like this one are so important.
“I've seen the dynamism in the Mount Morgan community and know this pipeline will help ensure the town continues to thrive and prosper in the years and decades ahead," said Treasurer Jim Chalmers, emphasizing the importance of regional communities like Mount Morgan.
Notably, the project is poised to boost Central Queensland economically, creating approximately 50 jobs and significant advantages for local businesses. The Queensland Government and Council have pledged to maximize the utilisation of local labor, suppliers, materials, and sub-contractors.
Tanya Plibersek, Minister for the Environment and Water, confirmed the Albanese Government's commitment to the project’s progress.
"The Albanese Government is confirming today our commitment of an additional $26.5 million to progress the project. This adds to our election commitment of $3.5 million to support planning and investigation work. It's fantastic to help fund this pipeline to ensure Mount Morgan has access to reliable water for generations to come," said Plibersek.
In addition to its primary objectives, the project also offers the Rockhampton Regional Council an opportunity to execute vital infrastructure improvements that will enhance water security for the broader community.
These supplementary endeavors encompass the construction of an additional reservoir and pumping capacity to accommodate expected growth in Gracemere and the widening and upgrading of Razorback Road during the pipework installation.
Together, this comprehensive package of works will ensure that the future requirements of both Mount Morgan and Gracemere are effectively met, with the Council bearing the costs associated with these complementary enhancements as part of the $88.2 million total project budget.
"This is great news for the community of Mount Morgan, that the Albanese Labor Government working with Rockhampton Council and Queensland Government has committed funding for the Mount Morgan Pipeline, ensuring that the town will have ongoing water security," commented Anthony Chisholm, Senator for Queensland, expressed his enthusiasm for the project.
The project is anticipated to be completed by September 2025, marking a significant milestone for the community and the region.