The project is jointly funded by the Australian Government ($30 million), the Queensland Government ($40.4 million) and other partners ($17.8 million). Australian Government funding is provided through the National Water Grid Fund.
The Mount Morgan Water Supply project includes the construction of a new pipeline to connect Mount Morgan’s town water supply to the Rockhampton water supply network in central Queensland.
The pipeline will support water security for the regional Queensland town of Mount Morgan, which is approximately 40 km outside of Rockhampton. The project will provide reliable drinking water, which will result in future growth and development opportunities for the local community.
Mount Morgan has experienced severe water shortages on several occasions over the last 20 years. A secure water supply will increase the community’s long term resilience to climate change, particularly future periods of drought.
Mount Morgan’s existing water supply, Dam No. 7, is expected to be retained as a water supply and local recreation spot for the region.
In October 2023, the Australian Government committed an additional $26.5 million funding towards the project to support local communities in significant need of greater water security. This is in addition to $3.5 million provided by the Australian Government to support the initial planning and investigation work for the pipeline.
The project includes:
- construction of a 28 km water pipeline from Gracemere to Mount Morgan
- upgrade of the pump station at Gracemere
- construction of a new reservoir and a new pump station at Lucas Street, Gracemere
- construction of a new pump station and reservoir halfway along the pipeline route at Moonmera.
Construction is expected to be complete in September 2025, weather permitting.