The Federal Government announced it will invest up to $200 million to extend the Haughton Pipeline to secure Townsville’s long-term water supply.

Up to $195 million will fully fund Stage 2 of the Haughton Pipeline extension and $5 million to compile the project’s business case.

The government intends to secure Townsville’s water supply for decades to come, with the funding hoped to support Townsville’s future development and continued growth.

Over the past 18 months, the Townsville Water Security Taskforce — initiated through the $250 million Townsville City Deal — has been examining options for delivering Townsville’s water security.

Stage 1 and Stage 2 — coupled with the recycled water, demand management, leakage and pricing reforms that the Taskforce recommended be implemented by Council — will provide Townsville a long-term, reliable and cost-effective water supply system.

Work will commence subject to findings of the project’s business case, which is due to start immediately.

Funding committed through the City Deal for the Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor’s (TEARC) development will be reallocated to enhance opportunities for Townsville’s development, including to support Stage 2 of the Haughton Pipeline.

This builds on the $75 million already allocated from the TEARC commitment to the Port of Townsville Channel Capacity Project, ensuring the port remains globally competitive and is capable of hosting large cargo and passenger ships.

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