The Bromelton State Development Area in South East Queensland will soon be connected to critical water supplies, after the state government invested $3.29 million in a new 6.1km trunk water main.

The construction works are now underway on the $6.58 million trunk water main, which aims to bring thousands of litres of water to potential new businesses.

Queensland Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Dr Anthony Lynham, said, “Water, power and transport are what make estates like Bromelton catalysts for jobs, investment and business opportunities.

“Our government, Scenic Rim Regional Council, and Queensland Urban Utilities have teamed up to make this essential project happen.”

The $3.29 million in state funds come from the $375 million Building our Regions infrastructure program. Scenic Rim Regional Council and Queensland Urban Utilities contributed $1.66 million each.

By July 2018, the main will provide reticulated water at up to 99.6L per second from the Beaudesert Water Treatment Plant to the entire 15,000ha industrial estate.

SCT Logistics is also investing $130 million in a rail transport hub at Bromelton, which will open in January 2017.

Dr Lynham said once transport and water supply was in place, other companies needing warehousing facilities would be attracted to the area.

Dr Lynham said the water main was already generating almost 20 jobs during construction.

“Regional infrastructure projects like this one are an important part of keeping the economy ticking over and keeping our regional communities strong,” Dr Lynham said.

“Our $375 million Building our Regions program is pumping funds into regional communities across the state and supporting more than 1290 jobs from the first two rounds of funding.”

The Bromelton State Development Area is one of nine state development areas in Queensland, established by the independent Co-ordinator-General to promote economic development.

Bromelton is one of the only areas available for industrial development in South East Queensland that has direct access to the national standard gauge rail network.

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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