The pumping station at Wivenhoe Dam … likely to be part of the critical infrastructure for the pipeline extension 
(Photo: TRC)

June 15, 2022

Toowoomba mayor Paul Antonio says he is looking forward to hearing more from the State Government about the Toowoomba to Warwick water pipeline.

“While we’ve been given updates on the project over the past year or so, we weren’t aware there would be an announcement yesterday until I received a call in the morning from the Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and Minister for Water (Glenn Butcher).

“Since the announcement, Minister Butcher has again been in contact with myself and I welcome further discussions on the matter as it’s important we understand the full details of the proposal.

“In all discussions to date, we’ve made it clear that we’re not only concerned about our water security now, but our future water security and the impact this will have on our water infrastructure.

“We need to protect our water future and to make sure this pipeline won’t come at the cost of our ratepayers.

“While we understand the needs of Southern Downs and are sympathetic to their situation, our priority is our region and our residents – we need to do what’s best for our community.

“At this stage we’re unclear on how this pipeline will work so it’s important we have the necessary conversations before we commit to the project.

“In saying this, from the information we’ve seen, I’m pleased our southern townships have been included in the proposed line and the focus from the State Government on water security.

“I look forward to hearing more about the pipeline in the coming days.”

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