PROGRESS on a landmark water infrastructure project for the Southern Downs region, Granite Belt Irrigation Project (GBIP), has reached the important Go/Stop/ Pause decision point.

GBIP, which will provide a 12,000 megalitre dam at Emu Swamp, south-west of Stanthorpe, and 126km of pipeline, has entered a ‘pause’ phase, as discussions are held with the Australian and Queensland goverments on the project’s design, costings and approvals.

GBIP’s operator, Granite Belt Water Limited, CEO, Lloyd Taylor, said the Go/Stop/Pause decision point was a milestone deliberately built into the project’s timeline to allow all stakeholders the time necessary to assess the project to date and make a decision on its progression.

“Now the design and construct tenders are closed, we are working closely with both the Australian and Queensland governments to assess the options,” Mr Taylor said.

“This pause is typical of projects of this size and complexity, and gives us time to comprehensively look at those options and to make key decisions for what is a significant infrastructure development for the Southern Downs.

“In the meantime, all information about the tender process will remain commercial in confidence.”

Queensland’s most experienced builder and operator of rural and regional dams, Sunwater, is also taking part in the decision point discussions and providing advice at this critical time.

Mr Taylor said the duration of the pause had not yet been determined.

“The local community remains at the heart of this project and we will always be as transparent as possible with the Southern Downs community, while we deliver this important project,” Mr Taylor said.

“Along with our conversations with the Australian and Queensland governments, we are also continuing to work closely at the local level and having ongoing discussions with Southern Downs Regional Council.”

Community members can receive the most accurate and up-to-date information on the progress of the Project through theGranite Belt Irrigation Project website or can speak directly with the GBIP team by visiting the Project Office at 3/35 Maryland Street, Stanthorpe.

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