Broken Hill pipeline already delivering

Media release | 29 March 2018

Minister for Regional Water, Niall Blair says the Broken Hill pipeline is delivering for local communities, with $1.75 million already spent in local businesses.

Mr Blair said around 60 locals have been employed in civil, earthmoving, engineering, heavy haulage transport, fuel, quarry and traffic management positions.

“Water NSW and John Holland/MPC Group are on the ground talking with local trade and service companies about the job and service opportunities coming up,” Mr Blair said.

“The project team are ahead of schedule with mainline trenching and pipe laying progressing quickly from the Wentworth end, with about 8kms of pipeline already laid.

“This project is no small feat; in total we will lay 22,000 sections of steel pipe on the 270km route and most importantly deliver a long-term and secure water supply for the Broken Hill community.”

The pipeline is on track to finish construction by December 2018, enabling the delivery of a secure new water supply by April 2019.

Mainline construction crews have moved into the first camp located 100km north of Wentworth, with further crew members expected to increase next month.

The second camp is around 45km south of Broken Hill and is expected to be ready shortly to support work from the northern end.

More than 90 applications from locals have been received for a range of hospitality, security, maintenance and administrative positions at these camps.

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