Prime Minister Scott Morrison is expected to announce funding for new water infrastructure for Townsville during his four-day trip to Queensland.
The federal government will provide $195 million to fund a second pipeline to the Burdekin River to ensure the town’s water supply for the next 20 years, The Sunday Mail reports.
The town currently gets its water from the Ross River Dam and this is supplemented during drought by water from the Burdekin River. The second pipeline has been recommended by a 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 the paper.
“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.”