The business case for developing a long-term water supply solution for Mount Morgan has been awarded to global infrastructure company AECOM, a milestone for the Rockhampton area.
Rockhampton Mayor Tony Williams said AECOM and Rockhampton Regional Council wasted no time getting to work.
“City councilors and AECOM have already embarked on this work and I am happy to say councilors could review the preliminary assessment of options before Christmas,” said Mayor Williams.
“This process allows us to look at all possible options so that we can select one or two options to follow through to the business case stage, and then hopefully with financial support from other levels.” government, right down to the detailed design.
“This body of work needs to be done now, so that when we come to other levels of government seeking financial support, they are convinced that what we are advocating is the best option for a variety of reasons.
“The reality is that any long term solution will require external funding and we hope we can see partnerships like the Queensland government did in Stanhorpe with the Southern Downs Regional Council.
“We hope the business case will be completed by April of next year, but this is something that we are absolutely discussing with both levels of government now.”
Water and Environmental Sustainability Advisor Donna Kirkland said it was an important step and one more step towards a solution.
“Our community of Mount Morgan has shown great strength and resilience, especially last year, and they have done their best under strict level six restrictions,” said Cr Kirkland.
“We understand it is frustrating not to have answers right away, but we are making progress.
“Long-term water security for the community is not possible without first providing this business case – so we ask the community to continue to be patient and trust this process. “
Divisional advisor Cherie Rutherford said assigning a contractor to work on the business case is the first in a series of steps that will pave the way for a solution.
“We are in the same boat with the Mount Morgan community and will continue to keep the lines of communication open and provide updates as they become available,” said Cr Rutherford.
“In the meantime, we need the community to keep water conservation in mind, which I know is a challenge in the warmer months, but we really need to do our best to conserve this. water supply.”