According to Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) GM, Ron van Katwyk, although the visually interesting part of the Quipolly Water Project is still to come, a mass of necessary, preliminary obligations are being ticked off.
“The Quipolly Water Project is LPS’s Snowy Mountains Scheme, about providing improved water security, replacing infrastructure that has reached its use-by date and preparing as best we can for whatever the climate may throw at us in the years ahead,” he said.
“The water treatment concept design for the new plant has been finalised. This plan is an important part of the review of environmental factors itself a big task. As part of the planning process it was determined to adopt a revised Water Treatment Plant (WTP) sizing necessitating increased treatment processes. This is to be better prepared if the weather conditions cause algal outbreaks. These are tangible gains in progressing the project,” he said.
“Earlier in the year, expressions of interest (EOI) were sought from experienced contractors and they have been evaluated. Aerial surveys and geotechnical work have been undertaken along the proposed route of the pipeline. Project documents have been released to approved, experience contractors.
“During October alone, we have resubmitted a revised application to the Department of Industry for Section 60 approval, revised the WTP Reference Design to the new parameters, prepared Early Tender Involvement (ETI) documentation and procedures with the new parameters, held stakeholder meetings and briefed EOI participants regarding the changes, continued REF incorporating the changes to the WTP parameters and revised the delivery program through to contractor engagement,” he continued.
“I’m sure everyone is looking forward to seeing construction underway. There are still numerous planning processes to be undertaken and red tape to step through so realistically, barring unforeseen circumstances, Council is hoping a design and construct contract can be awarded during April 2019,” he said.
“Council extends its thanks to community members who have participated in the consultation process, landowners who have facilitated access to allow field work to progress, LPSC’s project development team and their associated consultants and of course the State and Federal Governments for their financial assistance making it all possible,” Mr van Katwyk concluded.