By Lloyd Taylor, Granite Belt Irrigation Project, CEO
Spring has brought a flurry of activity to the region.
While producers are busy in the paddocks, Granite Belt Irrigation Project has taken a significant step towards breaking ground with the commencement of the final phase of water sales to local irrigators, this week.
An important milestone for the Project, we expect the agreements with irrigators to be finalised by the end of next month. The completion of the water sales will then allow us to validate the pipeline route, and progress necessary government approvals, specific to the distribution network.
In addition to confirming water sales contracts, GBIP is also now undertaking two other important pieces of work, including seeking Infrastructure Designation Status with the Queensland Government to streamline approvals and permit processes, and entering into negotiations with landholders to access or acquire land along the pipeline route.
The finalisation of water sales and land procurement will pave the way for construction to commence, while achieving Infrastructure Designation Status will ensure there is a smooth approval pathway for project construction.
Landholders in the pipeline corridor are being contacted by land acquisition and compensation advisory company, Minsol Group, to discuss land access and the route for the pipeline corridor. As well as carrying out this important work, it has been heartening to see the team enjoy their time in the Granite Belt, as they engage with the community and take advantage of our region’s wonderful offering during their stay in Stanthorpe.
As GBIP nears construction, we are able confirm the new release date for the Dam Design and Construct Tender will be the beginning of February, with the Pumps and Pipeline Design Tender to be announced shortly after. Once finalised, construction will begin, resulting in new jobs for the region.
GBIP is renewing its Cultural Heritage Management Plan (CHMP) and we are currently in the process of welcoming nominations from eligible Aboriginal Parties (as defined by Part 4 of the ACHA) to take part in the CHMP. Written notice must be given to Granite Belt Water Limited by 17 October 2020. We are also currently in the process of resubmitting approvals under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns about the Project, you can visit www.granitebeltirrigationproject.com.au to stay up to date with the latest news on the Project and subscribe to our monthly newsletter. If you are in Stanthorpe, pop into our office in the main street at 3/35 Maryland Street. Our opening hours include 10am to 2pm, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
Media contact: Stacey Wordsworth
0438 394 371