The new Ravenshoe Reservoir in Far North Queensland is making progress, with construction of pipes, booster pump and intake upgrades to be completed by the end of the year.
Tablelands Regional Councillor Annette Haydon said she is impressed with the advancement.
“The tender for earthworks and construction of the reservoir and associated infrastructure was awarded to King Concreting Queensland Pty Ltd for $2,471,063 at the end of February, and work commenced in May.
“The earthworks have slowed a bit due to the amount of rock, but the reservoir is still on track to be completed by early next year.
“The tender for the construction of pipes, booster pump and intake upgrades was also awarded at the end of February, to Rylsey Enterprises for $3,059,741.89.
“This work will be completed by the end of the year, if the weather is on our side.
“Work on the dual pipeline on Monument Street was finally completed in June after being repeatedly delayed due to persistent wet conditions.
“The North Cedar Creek water supply intake has also been upgraded and pipeline work continues to progress along Tully Falls Road and Moore Street.
“The design of a water treatment plant, pipelines and booster pump station to connect Millstream, Cassowary Heights and Belleview Estate to the Ravenshoe Scheme is underway and we are negotiating with landowners regarding the pipeline route.
“$2.4 million has been allocated in our 2021-22 budget to construct the pipelines and booster pump, which should be completed in the 2022-23 financial year.
“We will continue to seek funding opportunities for the construction of the water treatment plant and, if everything goes to plan, it too should be completed in the 2022-23 financial year.
“When this comes on line, residents in the Ravenshoe, Millstream, Cassowary Heights and Belleview Estate will rarely experience boil water notices (BWNs).
“The only time we should see BWNs for these areas is during emergencies.
“We regularly update the progress of this project and others on the Water Supply and Project Update pages on our website,’ said Ms Haydon.
Assistant Minister for Local Government, Nikki Boyd, said the Queensland Government had funded the Ravenshoe Reservoir to create centralised water storage for the region, improving water quality and supply.
“The Queensland Government has provided support from both the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program, and Works for Queensland.
“This is a fantastic investment in the future of Tablelands communities.
“We’re improving liveability and supporting local growth at a time when Queensland is united in our economic recovery from the COVID-19 global pandemic.
“Critically, this investment will deliver local jobs as part of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery.”