Lockyer Valley Regional Council has accepted and adopted a water security business case on the recommendation of the Lockyer Valley and Somerset Water Collaborative, which includes ten new pump stations.
At its special meeting on 4 December 2020, Council considered the findings of the 12-month long $1.4 million study and endorsed the Lockyer Valley and Somerset Water Security Scheme Business Case for a 297km pipeline to distribute additional water around the Lockyer Valley.
The scheme includes ten pump stations and up to 10MW of solar energy, which helps lower the ongoing operational costs of pumping water.
Lockyer Valley Mayor, Tanya Milligan, was excited to see this important phase of the project completed and said that the Business Case will now be submitted to the Queensland Government for its consideration and financial commitment.
“The intent is for the Government to consider the Business Case over the Christmas period,” Mayor Milligan said.
“On receiving feedback from the Queensland Government in the new year, the Water Collaborative will then convene a stakeholder meeting in early February.”
Mayor Milligan acknowledged the invaluable contribution of members of the Lockyer Valley and Somerset Water Collaborative.
“I commend the commitment of Council staff to bringing the project this far and I particularly applaud those members who have committed their time voluntarily,” Mayor Milligan said.
The proposed $200 million scheme requires the recommissioning of the purified water plant at Bundamba and overarches 34,000 ML of demand for new water from 150 customers.
Funding for this project was provided by the Queensland Government Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, through the $30 million Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program.