A MAJOR milestone of the multi-million dollar Split Rock Dam to Barraba pipeline will be reached tonight at the first meeting of Tamworth Regional Council for 2013.
Councillors are expected to select a company to undertake the pipeline’s construction.
The 27km pipeline system will provide a secure source of quality drinking water to the Barraba community, which has experienced frequent water restrictions during the past 20 years.
Tonight, councillors will consider a confidential report containing a detailed assessment of five submissions received from selected tenderers for the provision of construction services to undertake the supply and construction of the pipeline and ancillary works.
The scope of works requires the successful tenderer to undertake the supply of all materials, construct the works and commission the works for the pipeline and ancillary works.
Tamworth Regional Council director of water enterprises Bruce Logan said the pipeline project is progressing on schedule with a range of preliminary works already completed including a detailed geotechnical investigation, a review of environmental factors and the development of a final design concept.
“The construction contract will be awarded as a result of Tuesday night’s decision expected to be made by councillors and it is likely the first sod of ground will be turned as part of the pipeline construction in early March,” Mr Logan said.
The pipeline report is one of a number of matters to be considered at tonight’s meeting.