Desal brine needs better monitoring

7 Oct 2009 4:45 PMJann Stuckey

7 October 2009

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey has again today attacked the Bligh Government over delays with the Tugun Desalination Plant as the showpiece of this Government’s $9 billion water grid faces new concerns.

“Now, almost 3 years since it started we have a plant that the Government won’t commission because it has serious faults, has damaged properties in our suburbs, caused a footy field to sink and is causing all manner of unrest for residents,’ said Ms Stuckey.

“Environmental concerns about brine output from the plant into the local marine habitat existed from day one of this project and recent reports from local fishermen indicate close monitoring is required.

“Brad Smith of the Fix Currumbin Creek committee believes an independent system to monitor marine life and salinity level around the output pipe is needed and I support him.

“Turmoil at the Tugun Desal plant has caused widespread problems for our local community and there is no guarantee it will last the distance it was intended to.

‘Reports in the Gold Coast Bulletin in May 2006 stated if the plant goes ahead it will cost in excess of $260 million

“Yet the Beattie government took the project from council, expanded its size from 55mgl to 125mgl, and without including it in that year’s budget committed in excess of $1billion telling the operators to build it in a 2 year time frame.

“This Government’s incompetence knows no bounds – this project was due to be finished in January this year.

“Shamefully they have turned their backs on people of Tugun and Currumbin as Ministers who are responsible for it  flick the problem between each other”.

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