PM announces pipe plan
Prime Minister Scott Morrison will announce new funding for water infrastructure in Townsville during his bus tour of Queensland.
The Federal Government will put up $195 million for a second pipeline to the Burdekin River, according to News Corp reports.
Currently, Townsville gets its water from the Ross River Dam with some supplementary flows during drought from the Burdekin River.
The second pipeline has been a central recommendation for the Townsville Water Security Taskforce.
“Last time I was in Townsville to announce our investment in the port, I listened carefully to the issues being raised about Townsville's long-term water supply,” Mr Morrison told News Corp.
“We are taking decisive action to secure Townsville's water supply for decades to come - nothing is more important for a growing city.
“More water means more jobs in the short and long term.”