The Central Coast Council has awarded the contract for construction of the Mardi to Warnervale Pipeline in New South Wales to joint venture partners Spiecapag and Seymour Whyte following a rigorous tender process.

The $61 million pipeline is one of the region’s most significant infrastructure projects. The 9km pipeline will run from the existing Mardi Water Treatment Plant through to Sparks Road at Warnervale, boosting water supply to the Central Coast’s rapidly growing northern suburbs and improving water security for the entire region.

Mayor Lisa Matthews said the Mardi to Warnervale Pipeline project is the next major step to enhance the Central Coast’s water supply network.

“The pipeline will also help drought-proof our water supply by enhancing transfer capability between the Central Coast and Hunter. This is a great outcome for our community,” Ms Matthews said.

Extensive investigations, design and planning have been undertaken over the past two years to ensure the construction is delivered using the best technology available, including innovative trenchless construction techniques that will ensure sensitive environmental areas are protected.

Council Director of Water and Sewer, Jamie Loader, said the pipeline route will pass through several different environments including rural land holdings, the outer edge of the residential area of Watanobbi and along the fringes of the environmentally sensitive Council lands of Porters Creek Wetland.

“Council has spent a lot of time getting the construction techniques and the pipeline route right, ensuring we consider the impacts on directly impacted residents, the environment and the broader community,” Mr Loader said.

“We are looking forward to working collaboratively with the Spiecapag Seymour Whyte Joint Venture to deliver this essential piece of infrastructure for the Central Coast.”
Construction on the pipeline will commence in March 2020.

Prior to construction starting, Council and the Spiecapag Seymour Whyte Joint Venture will hold a series of community drop-in sessions where the community can view plans and ask questions about the project. Community drop-in session times, dates and locations will be advised in early 2020.

Further project information is available at yourvoiceourcoast.com/M2WP.

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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