Round two of the demand assessment of the Water for the Lockyer Detailed Business Case has now been completed by Jacobs and is currently being assessed. Potential users have indicated a strong interest in round two, which will assist greatly in progressing the project.
The Water Collaborative continues to work with drive and focus, gathering all the information Government will require to support funding a significant part of the capital required to build the scheme. Support by farmers for the scheme has been an enormous help to continue to drive the project, which was evident in more than 150 respondents to the round two EOI process.
Moving forward, the Collaborative will work towards refining the economic benefit project to align with the known demand. It is hoped the detailed Business Case will also be completed this year.
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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