Townsville in north Queensland has inaugurated the Haughton Pipeline Duplication Project bring to an end a $225 million scheme emphasising local manufacturers to augment the city’s water supplies.
RPC Group’s Adelaide factory manufactured the 1.8 metre diameter composite Flowtite GRP pipes which make up a 36.5 kilometre pipeline from the Haughton Pump Station to the Ross River Dam.
RPC’s Australian distributor, Iplex Pipelines performed ground works along the planned route, with RPC creating local jobs at its new factory in Townsville which manufactured fixtures and fittings for the pipeline.
Unveiling the completed stage 1 of the project Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said 1,000 people had been employed on the project, which was supported with $100 million in state funds.
Fifty advanced manufacturing jobs were created in the Townsville region.
Palaszczuk said: “And what is really important is 200 local businesses absolutely benefited from the work that was needed for this pipeline.
“To see the pipeline completed today for the people of Townsville (ensures) water security for many, many years to come.”
Picture: Annastacia Palaszczuk
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