THE final stage of Bromelton’s $6.5 million pipeline was completed yesterday after the last section of the water main was installed.
The pipeline was expected to be operational by April after works began in November last year. However, construction was delayed after the site was flooded due to ex-Cyclone Debbie.
The waterpipe, connecting the Beaudesert Water Treatment Plant to the Bromelton State Development Area, will feed the 15,000-hectare SDA site, which will soon be home to Bromelton’s $30m regional rail freight terminal.
To fund the project, the state government allocated $3.3m through its Building Our Regions program while Scenic Rim Regional Council and Queensland Urban Utilities invested $1.6m each.
Queensland Urban Utilities spokesperson Michelle Cull said pulling the 530 metres of pipe through the bored hole under the Logan River was the last step.
“Using advanced trenchless technology called Horizontal Direction Drilling, we’ve tunnelled to depths of more than 30 metres beneath the riverbed,” she said.
Ms Cull said it was an big milestone, especially after the construction site was inundated from ex-Cyclone Debbie.
“After the river crossing is complete, there are just a few finishing touches on the pipeline to go, and that will be done over the next few weeks,” she said.
Ms Cull said work such as trenching the pipe into the ground and demobilising the work sites would be done.
Scenic Rim Regional Council mayor Greg Christensen said access to water infrastructure would provide a vital catalyst for the activation of the SDA.
“It’s a case of build it and they will come,” he said.
“Water supply is a key ingredient to kickstart development of the local area, job creation and economic growth.”
Cr Christensen said the Bromelton SDA would become an economic engine for employment and business opportunities in the region.
“We are talking about the creation of literally thousands of new jobs over the coming decades,” he said.