Construction of an almost seven kilometre trunk water pipe in southeast Queensland is set to create some 15,000 jobs.
The 6.7km water main will connect the Beaudesert Water Treatment Plant to the Bromelton State Development Area, which is part of a new inland freight port covering 15,000 hectares.
State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the $6.5 million project would lead to the creation of between 15,000 and 20,000 jobs over the next 10 to 15 years.
The jobs are expected to be across the logistics and planning industry, building and housing, manufacturing, emergency services and retail.
"Water supply is a key ingredient to the development of the local area, job creation and economic growth," QUU Executive Leader of Planning Paul Biez said.
The area was identified in 2007 as an industrial region to provide jobs and infrastructure for population growth.
The water main project is a joint initiative between Queensland Urban Utilities (QUU), The Scenic Rim Regional Council and the state government.