The $5.2 million Curlewis Pipeline Project connects Gunnedah town water to Curlewis to improve the infrastructure services of Curlewis and promote growth of the town so it remains a stable part of Gunnedah Shire’s future.
Member for Parkes Mark Coulton attended the sod turning ceremony, endorsing the Federal Government contribution of $2.6 Million dollars granted to the project under the Building Better Regions Fund.
The construction of the pipeline is expected to take a total of 42 weeks with 16 weeks on trenching and pipe laying, and the majority of the construction period being spent constructing the two (2) x reservoirs, expected to take 24 weeks. Council has appointed Mr Robert Bell to project manage with the assistance of Mick Ludlow under the guidance of Kevin Sheridan. This is the same team which delivered the very successful sewerage treatment plant (STP) upgrade currently up for an excellence award from the IPWEA.
The project is progressing well with the pipeline construction installation continuing from both ends. The pipeline began the entry into Curlewis on 19 September and has entered the Wandobah Road at the other end on 20 September. As of 22 October, 80% of the pipeline has been laid and the construction of the reservoir has begun.
The project will result in a higher quality water supply to Curlewis that meets all Australian Drinking Water Guidelines including aesthetic values.
The Curlewis main through Pike Street is 75% complete, with the overall project. Some rock has been encountered along Wandobah Road, requiring large excavation plant to be implemented with jack hammer attachments.
The Preston Road reservoirs that form part of the Gunnedah to Curlewis Pipeline project are on target. The first of the two Preston Rd reservoirs is in progress, with the base and first wall lift complete.
The Curlewis Pipeline and Preston Road reservoirs are moving along on schedule. 97% of pipeline has been completed. The Construction to finish off the section at Bushes Lane on Wandobah Road is underway. Once completed, the missing link in the middle will be connected. Once the pipeline construction is finished, the pipeline will be pressurised to test for leaks.
The Preston Road reservoirs are still under construction. The floors of the reservoirs have been poured, and the walls are being poured now. The roofs will be installed in the New Year.