The first round of the demand assessment of the Water for the Lockyer Detailed Business Case has now been completed by Jacobs and is currently being assessed. The results of the first round of the demand assessment has given the Lockyer Valley and Somerset Water Collaborative the confidence to proceed to the next stage of the Detailed Business Case and the second round of the demand assessment consultations. Whilst Covid-19 has slowed progress to the second round demand assessment consultations, work continues and Jacobs hopes to commence the next round with those growers who participated in Round 1 soon, although they have indicated they will be using a different format from the first round which focused on community hall meetings.
As a result of the restrictions imposed by Governments response to Covid-19, the Collaborative has agreed to extend the completion of the Detailed Business Case by Jacobs to 30 September 2020. As soon as the timeline for the 2nd round consultations have been settled and the format for how these consultations will be undertaken the details will be published on this site and Jacobs will of course be contacting participating growers directly
The Collaborative has been able to engage with both State and Federal Governments to communicate about the importance of the project for economic growth and securing new water supplies to the region.
Secured $1.4m funding from the Queensland Government through the Dept of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning for the development of a robust and detailed business case based on the recommendations detailed in the feasibility study.
A further $100,000 in funding has been secured so Growcom can develop the initiative to ensure that existing water resources are being efficiently used and to identify where on-ground improvements may be implemented.
Established to oversee the development of the Strategic Business Case - an essential prerequisite to proceeding to the development of a more comprehensive Detailed Business Case
Brisbane based, specialist water infrastructure consultants Jacobs Group was recently awarded the contract to undertake a demand study and prepare the project detailed business case.
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