Wivenhoe pump station

Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) Mayor Paul Antonio said he would welcome conversations with the State Government to discuss the Toowoomba to Warwick water pipeline.

“While we’ve been given updates on the project over the past year or so, we weren’t aware there would be an announcement yesterday until I received a call in the morning from the Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and Minister for Water.

“Since the announcement, Minister Butcher has again been in contact with myself and I welcome further discussions on the matter as it’s important we understand the full details of the proposal.

“In all discussions to date, we’ve made it clear that we’re not only concerned about our water security now, but our future water security and the impact this will have on our water infrastructure.

“We need to protect our water future and to make sure this pipeline won’t come at the cost of our ratepayers.

“While we understand the needs of Southern Downs and are sympathetic to their situation, our priority is our Region and our residents – we need to do what’s best for our community.

“At this stage we’re unclear of how this pipeline will work so it’s important we have the necessary conversations before we commit to the project.

“In saying this, from the information we’ve seen, I’m pleased our southern townships have been included in the proposed line and the focus from the State Government on water security.

“I look forward to hearing more about the pipeline in the coming days.”