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Local contractors to benefit in stage two of Haughton Pipeline project

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Five local contractors have been selected to take part in the tender process for the second stage of the Haughton Pipeline project.

The second stage of the $400 million project involves investigating extending the existing pipeline from the Haughton River to the Burdekin River.

The Townsville City Council says a number of key milestones have been achieved and a number of specialist consultants have been engaged.

Mayor Jenny Hill says they will undertake front end engineering and design work, addressing pipe alignment, materials and pump station requirements.

“Detailed capital and operational costs continue to be validated against independent cost estimates prior to making a recommendation to Council,” Councillor Hill says.

“Private and commercial landowners have been consulted on the options for the pipe alignment and three landowner access agreements have already been agreed.

“The project team has also engaged with the traditional custodians of the land along the proposed pipe alignment options and entered into a Cultural Heritage Management Agreement."

About 95 per cent of the construction work on stage one of the project has been delivered by local contractors, providing a massive boost to the local economy and the Council is aiming for the same outcome in stage two.

"Council will package the works into smaller parcels of work to give local businesses the opportunity to tender for it,” Councillor Hill says.

(Photo: Supplied by TCC taken during stage one of the project).