Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, says he is delighted and excited that tenders have been invited from the three pre-selected contractors Expression Of Interest list for the construction of the Quipolly Water Project (QWP).
“This is tremendous news for our community reaching this significant milestone on the QWP, the largest and most significant project the Shire has ever undertaken. For our community this project is akin to what the Snowy Mountains Scheme is at the National level,” he said.
“Construction of the new state of the art Water Treatment Plant at Quipolly Dam will facilitate the replacement of existing aged and outdated water supply infrastructure. It will enhance water security during drought periods for the Werris Creek, Quirindi and Willow Tree water supplies.
“The project will deliver a secure water supply for 50 years of future growth and importantly local economic stimulus during the construction phase,” he continued.
“Council is extremely grateful to both the Federal and State Government for each contributing $10 million towards the project. The Federal contribution was delivered through their Community Development Grant Program and the State contribution through their Safe and Secure Water Program. LPSC’s contribution will come from reserves and a loan. This is a great investment for our rural community that understands the importance of and value of a safe and secure water supply,” he said.
“Tenders for the project will close on 30 October and Councillors will decide on a preferred tender during December. Barring unforeseen circumstances it is anticipated the project will be completed by December 2022.
“Hundreds of hours have already gone into developing this project, the boxes that have had to be ticked up to this point are many. I sincerely thank the Ministers who have listened to our case for funding, Federal Member Barnaby Joyce and State Members Kevin Anderson and Michael Johnsen, for their support, and the staff in various government departments for their guidance. Last but not least, I thank Council’s Water Services Manager Rod Batterham, his team and others in the Engineering Services Department for their enormous contribution in getting us to this stage.
“The completion of the QWP will culminate a series of projects delivered over recent years including the Quipolly Dam augmentation and the Quirindi to Willow Tree pipeline designed to strengthen our water security. The severe drought that impacted us until rain finally came at the end of January proved the value of these investments and the QWP will further enhance the situation providing safe, secure supplies to consumers and the capacity to provide for economic development,” Councillor Hope concluded.