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Thursday, April 09, 2009

SEQ water grid - Wivenhoe pipeline commenced ...

Laying down the city's water future

9 April 2009

Toowoomba Regional Councillor Paul Antonio said the start of work on the Toowoomba Pipeline signals the start of Toowoomba's positive “water future”.

Workers have completed more than 1100 metres of the pipeline and have 37 kilometres to go on the $187 million project.

As the council's water services portfolio chairman, Cr Antonio said the pipeline was the obvious solution, considering the levels of the dams supplying Toowoomba were below 10 per cent.

“It will provide us with a lot of water. Naturally, I'm quite happy about it,” he said.

“No doubt the pipeline from Wivenhoe is a part of Toowoomba's future, an important part of Toowoomba's water future,” he said.

Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe said construction had started on rural land west of Esk.

“The 140 construction workers who now have jobs on this project are going flat out and the first of more than 3000 pieces of pipe are in the ground,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

Toowoomba North MP Kerry Shine said the pipeline was critical to supply the Garden City with water.

“It will provide a secure water supply for the estimated 120,000 people who rely on the Cooby, Perseverance and Cressbrook dams,” he said.

The pipeline will supply 14,200 million litres of water a year if needed which is more than 50% more than Toowoomba's current demand.

Cr Antonio said Toowoomba residents still needed to be vigilant with saving water.

He believed most residents would accept they would have to pay more for water in the future to meet the expense of the project.

“The water prices will go up but at the same time Toowoomba Regional Council will be focused on subsidising water saving devices and tanks,” Cr Antonio said.

He said the council would also try to get the State Government to reinstate subsides for rainwater tanks.

See - The Chronicle - Laying down the city's water future.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the State government is going to pay $70M towards the cost who is to pay the balance??

I can see where a deal will be made for the government to take our dams and we will still have to pay a lot more for water.
Even if the day comes where our dams are full we will still pay top dollar for our water because this government want to privatise it.

We could have been pumping water in from the Norwin area and it would have cost much, much less than the Wivenhoe pipeline and there was good clean water to be had but Anna wants us connected to her water grid.

11:00 PM, April 09, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It makes a lot of sense to connect to the water grid so that water can be moved to where it is needed.

9:37 AM, April 10, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

But- it is not the best option or the most cost effective.

It could have recycled sewage in it one day and we have voted NO to that idea.

4:31 PM, April 10, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The voters have had several occasions to vote again on this issue, at the council election and at the state election. They could have voted in anti-recycled water candidates or LNP candidates and they haven't.

4:52 PM, April 10, 2009

Anonymous rloader said...

The only thing tha can save us now is lots more rain in the Wivenhoe area as the people here who could have done something did not have the knowledge or guts to resist the Govt. While there is ample water in Wivenhoe they are welcome to pipe it to Toowoomba but if they pipe the recycled sewage then the exodus will begin as this will no longer be the promised land. Perhaps the Govt will have to pipe water to Traviston Dam as it starts to leak like a sieve.

7:14 AM, April 11, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because they were not made aware of all the problems we now see printed in the Australian!

This topic is like the elephant in the room and no-one ever wants to make it an election issue.
The voters are left in the dark on the recycled sewage issue and in most part they think it will never happen to them.

9:49 AM, April 11, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Toowoomba is the promised land?

11:24 AM, April 11, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Because they were not made aware of all the problems we now see printed in the Australian!"

But some people were aware of these issues. Surely people have to help themselves or live with the consequences. If people are so dumb as to be hoodwinked by politicians, then that's they're own fault. And majority rules in a democracy even if it's majority rule by dumb people being hoodwinked by politicians.

11:40 AM, April 11, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Toowoomba was an idyllic place to live but that was before Thorley and Flanagan had their VERY public fight in the LA airport.
After much shouting and swearing Thorley was persuaded to come back to Toowoomba and hoodwink the community into using recycled sewage for their water supply.

We had a vote and the majority said No!

The government never ever accepted that they lost the Poll.
They have always proceeded as if nothing had been voted on.

So much for democracy!

They say that the Wivenhoe pipeline was a decision made by the Water Task group but they fail to disclose that this group was top heavy with government people and those on the Yes side.
While it has the slightest chance of ever having processed sewage in it we should have been going after the other options that have always been there and at a much lesser cost to the ratepayer.

10:58 AM, April 12, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok so not the promised land.

1:50 PM, April 12, 2009


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