Reporting period: December 2019 – June 2020
Proposal stage of development: Options assessment—underway
Responsible agency: Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and Gladstone Area Water Board
The Gladstone to Fitzroy Pipeline Options Assessment is investigating options to provide additional water security to Gladstone and large-scale industrial customers reliant on Awoonga Dam.
Awoonga Dam, owned and operated by the Gladstone Area Water Board, is the sole supply source for Gladstone and the surrounding region. The Gladstone region is a key centre for Queensland’s industry, with several large-scale industrial facilities reliant on water supplied from Awoonga Dam.
Investigations undertaken by the Gladstone Area Water Board have indicated that there is potential for an extended drought to result in a period of stringent water restrictions being imposed on Gladstone, and that there is a need to investigate options to improve water security for the Gladstone region.
The proposal is investigating the service need and demand for water to inform the development of options to augment the water supply in the Gladstone Region.
BUILDING QUEENSLAND ROLE
The Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and Gladstone Area Water Board have engaged Building Queensland to undertake an options assessment to investigate options to improve water security for the Gladstone region.
Building Queensland’s engagement on the Gladstone to Fitzroy Pipeline Options Assessment is expected to conclude by Q1 2021.