Cairns Water Security – Stage 1


Estimated Cost:

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Estimated cost
To be confirmed

The Cairns Water Security – Stage 1 project provides an additional water source for Cairns in far north Queensland.

Construction includes delivery of a new water treatment plant, water reservoirs and a network of pipelines to distribute treated water to Cairns residents.

Cairns’ current water supply will be unable to meet the expected water demand by 2026.

The Cairns Water Security – Stage 1 project will deliver additional water capacity to meet existing and future urban water demand for Cairns.

The project is expected to support approximately 6.4 gigalitres of increased water availability for the region.

Securing Cairns’ water supply will support community welfare and cost of living, as well as growth in the region’s tourism and industrial sectors.

Who's involved

The project is jointly funded by the Australian Government ($107.5 million) and the Queensland Government ($107.5 million).

Australian Government Funding source

Australian Government funding will be provided through the National Water Grid Fund.

Project status

The project is currently in the planning stage.