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8 October, 2021

$8.1 million for Toowoomba to Warwick pipeline

The Queensland Government has allocated $8.1 million to preparatory works for the Toowoomba to Warwick pipeline, including detailed design, surveying and geotechnical works.

SQINB-RWA members Mayor Lawrence Springborg, Mayor Vic Pennisi, Minister Glenn Butcher, Mayor Paul Antonio, Mayor Tanya Milligan and Mayor Peter Petty.

If the pipeline goes ahead, there are plans for the townships of Cambooya, Greenmount and Nobby to be connected to it.

Minister for Water Glenn Butcher said investment in water security is a high priority for the government.

The announcement of the funding came in the wake of last Wednesday’s meeting of the Southern Queensland Inland and New South Wales Border Regional Water Alliance (SQINB-RWA).

The meeting was attended by Minister Butcher as well as Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio and the mayors of Southern Downs, Western Downs, Goondiwindi and Lockyer Valley regions and Tenterfield Shire.

Mayor Antonio said the Alliance would co-operate with the state government as it advanced its regional water assessment project.

“The Alliance Mayors appreciated the chance to speak with the Minister and are heartened by his willingness to join our future discussion with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development at the earliest opportunity,” Mayor Antonio said.

“Cooperation between the three levels of government will be a key feature of finding solutions and identifying new water sources. 

The Queensland Government has also begun a $3 million Regional Water Assessment for the Southern and Darling Downs.

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