Procurement underway for Toowoomba to Warwick Pipeline, backed in by Big Build

Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and Minister for Water The Honourable Glenn Butcher
  • Procurement underway for Toowoomba to Warwick Pipeline
  • Local contractors and suppliers encouraged to register interest
  • Project will support 400 jobs during construction

A Request for Tender (RFT) is currently underway for the Toowoomba to Warwick Pipeline, part of a more than $300 million investment that will deliver long-term water security to the Southern Downs and Toowoomba satellite communities and create more than 400 jobs during construction.

The Request for Tender for a head contractor follows Seqwater’s industry briefings and the Expression of Interest (EOI) process held in late 2023. Shortlisted construction firms are now tendering, with local business partnership opportunities to follow.

Pre-construction work continues including detailed design development, landowner negotiations and ongoing environmental and technical investigations to help finalise the pipeline design and support project approvals.

The pipeline will carry water from Wivenhoe Dam to Toowoomba via existing water infrastructure and then deliver water to Warwick through a new 109-kilometre pipeline, providing a drought contingency supply for the Southern Downs and will facilitate a permanent water supply to Toowoomba satellite communities of Cambooya, Greenmount, Nobby and Clifton.

The pipeline will run primarily underground, beginning in Highfields by connecting into the existing Toowoomba Regional Council pipeline network, near the Mount Kynoch Water Treatment Plant. This new connection will transfer water from Wivenhoe Dam to the Warwick Reservoir near Leslie Dam in the Southern Downs.

Once complete, the pipeline will boost water security by transferring up to 7.3 megalitres of water per day to Warwick when needed.

The project is expected to be completed in early 2027, weather and construction conditions permitting.

Local contractors and suppliers are encouraged to register interest on the Seqwater website.

As stated by Minister for Water, Glenn Butcher:

“The Toowoomba to Warwick Pipeline is further proof of the Miles Labor Government’s commitment to water security, no matter where you live in Queensland.

“While it’s great to see the dams at good levels, we know our rainfall has its ups and downs – which is why we’re delivering this important project.

“I’m pleased to see progress on this important pipeline which is delivering long-term water security to Toowoomba and the Southern Downs, so critical for supporting the ongoing resilience, liveability and prosperity of this region.

“Importantly, the project will support more than 400 jobs during delivery, and we encourage local businesses to register their interest in the project with Seqwater.

“I want to thank both the Southern Downs and Toowoomba Regional Councils for working with the state on this important water security project.

“The LNP have a shadow Water and Dams Minister who barely utters a word about either. The Miles Labor government is serious about water security. We continue to deliver projects that our state needs – and the Toowoomba to Warwick Pipeline is a case in point.”

As stated by Seqwater Interim CEO, Will Harpham:

“Seqwater is proud to be delivering this important water security project and we look forward to seeing the project continue to move forward.

“Following early planning, detailed design and geotechnical investigations, Seqwater is pleased to progress with procurement for the head contractor as we continue to plan for on-site works in 2025.”

As stated by MinStaff Survey Lead Surveyor, Joshua Lynch:

“As a Toowoomba-based business, we’ve been pleased to have the opportunity to provide surveying services on the Toowoomba to Warwick Pipeline project.

“It’s great having a large infrastructure and water security project on our doorstep. It’s an excellent opportunity for local businesses who are invested in the region and can bring local knowledge and expertise to support delivery.”

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