- Council: Paroo Shire Council
- Fund: Remote Communities Infrastructure Fund
- Category: Water/Sewerage/Waste Infrastructure
- Round: 1
Cunnamulla's fire-fighting capabilities, ongoing capacity, future development and growing tourist numbers are being catered for with an upgrade to the water main network that will replace the asbestos cement pipes and deliver better pressure and flow.
Total project cost
* Average number of Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs supported by project construction (based on Queensland Treasury's Guidelines for estimating FTE jobs directly supported by the capital works program).
- It will reduce council’s operations and maintenance costs through fewer breakdowns and repairs—the King Street main has recorded 25 failures in the last five years with repair bills of around $35,000.
- Modern materials and strategic extensions will improve pressure and flow and allow more development on the eastern side of town, identified in the town plan as a growth area with 20 subdivisions/lots planned.
- This upgrade will meet the needs of tourist providers and commercial operators, including the caravan parks, hotels and motels that cater to over 18,000 tourists per annum in the seven-month tourist season.
- The opportunity for council staff to upskill and share their knowledge with co-workers will boost staff capability.
- Greater amenity through boosted pressure and fewer breakdowns, and improved safety through better fire-fighting capabilities, particularly in Louise and Stockyard streets—the key commercial and school centre.
- Replacing asbestos pipes—some laid in the 1930s—with PVC ones will meet current industry standards and alleviate the ongoing problems of corrosion and scaling.
- Installation of approximately 1.84km of new water mains and property services, including road crossings, in Louise, Stockyard, Wick, Bowra, King and William Streets.
- New fire hydrants and valves.
Disclaimer: Information on this page may change over the life of the project. Funding amounts referenced are as approved.