Moree Plains Shire Council Project Manager, Graham Macpherson, Water and Waste Manager, David Wolfenden, and Northern Tablelands MP, Adam Marshall, inspect plans at the site of the upcoming new Boggabilla-Toomelah water pipeline on the Macintyre River at Boggabilla

A company has been awarded a contract to construct a new large bi-directional water pipeline, pump station and inlet infrastructure for the northern NSW communities of Boggabilla and Toomelah.

Coastal Works, based in Coffs Harbour, will soon begin construction on the almost $5 million project which aims to drought-proof the towns.

Coastal Works will sub-contract out parts of the work to local companies to build the Boggabilla to Toomelah Water Supply Transfer System, with work scheduled to start within weeks.

The NSW Government is funding the total cost of the works, in the order of $4.6 million, from its Water Security for Regions program, with the project being delivered by Moree Plains Shire Council.

With the project attracting 13 tenderers, the Request for Tender process was one of the largest seen by Moree Plains Shire Council in recent years.

“This is an exciting day for the project and the Boggabilla and Toomelah communities,” Northern Tablelands MP, Adam Marshall, said.

“Securing an appropriately qualified contractor to deliver the construction works for the pipeline for this job is an important milestone and I hope to see work on-site within a few weeks.”

Council’s Water and Waste Manager, David Wolfenden, said the project would secure the long-term water supply of Boggabilla and Toomelah townships through the construction of a pipeline that will allow each community to draw water from the other. It will also address water quality by way of additional treatment within the system.

Mr Marshall said the new pipeline and associated upgrades would ensure Boggabilla and Toomelah could depend on water from their taps, even through the very dry times.

“This means that residents can look forward to reliable, clean water – no matter what the weather may throw at them,” Mr Marshall said.

“The current water supply infrastructure for Toomelah has hit its use-by-date, with water sourced from a single artesian bore via an electrical pump. There have been instances when the town’s water supply has failed during the hotter months and water has had to be trucked in by council.

“For Boggabilla, silt from floods can clog up the existing water inlets, causing problems with flow and water quality.

“Through this investment, both towns will have the flexibility to pump water to where it’s needed, helping these towns grow sustainably into the future.”

The work to be undertaken includes:

  • Construction of a new bi-directional pipeline between Boggabilla and Toomelah
  • New inlet infrastructure at Boggabilla
  • Transfer pump stations in Boggabilla and Toomelah

Lauren brings a fresh approach to content. While she’s previously written for publications as diverse as Australian Geographic, The Border Watch and Girlfriend, she’s found her true passion in her current role as an editor in the world of energy and infrastructure trade magazines.

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