PETITION TO MONITOR DESAL OUTPUT

26 Nov 2009 12:19 PMJann Stuckey

26 November 2009

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP today tabled a petition calling on the State Government to undertake independent monitoring of the brine output from the Tugun Desalination Plant.

“Almost 1000 local residents have signed this petition asking for the monitoring that was stopped due to budgetary constraints to be re-commenced,’ said Ms Stuckey

“Ongoing monitoring should include photographs of various marine life, documented sightings of marine species and water sampling to ensure that the brine is not effecting the water quality.

“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 that 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, as do many other residents.

“A number of local groups believe the brine output may well be having a detrimental affect on marine life and salinity levels around the output pipe which is why they are calling for independent monitoring.

“It is critical that this Labor Government guarantees a healthy environment for our marine life but, to date, their track record has been appalling.

“We have already seen the effects of Government neglect with Kirra Reef smothered as a result of poor monitoring of the Tweed River sand bypass project.

“Secrecy and delays in relation to the desalination project do not offer much confidence to the long-suffering people in the Currumbin electorate.

“The Labor Government have an obligation to ensure the protection of our marine habitats and independent monitoring would go a long way towards achieving this outcome.

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Contact Jann Stuckey 0439 755919