PETITION TO MONITOR DESAL OUTPUT

15 Oct 2009 3:57 PMJann Stuckey

15 October 2009

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

“It has been brought to my attention that thorough monitoring by local fishermen has been stopped due to budgetary constraints,” said Ms Stuckey.

“This monitoring included photographs of various marine life, documented sites of marine species and water sampling which revealed a lack of flathead and whiting around the outlet structure when the plant was undergoing trial operations.

“Detailed monitoring was undertaken until July  this year.  Giant razor shell fish (clams) were discovered along with a variety of marine creatures not thought to be in such abundance.

“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.

“Together with a number of local groups Brad believes the brine output may well be having a detrimental affect on marine life and salinity levels around the output pipe.

“The petition which runs until 19 November calls for independent monitoring of the brine output from the Tugun Desalination Plant.  An E Petition is also available at

http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/view/EPetitions_QLD/CurrentEPetitions.aspx?LIndex=1

“Turmoil at the Tugun Desalination plant has caused widespread problems for our local community and now we learn that ocean monitoring by local fishermen has been stopped. 

“The desal plant is supposedly being put through its paces as serious defects are fixed. How will anyone know if environmental concerns have been addressed adequately if there is no before and after comparison available?

“It is critical that this Labor Government ensure a healthy environment for our marine life as we have already seen Kirra Reef smothered through neglect and poor monitoring of the Tweed sand bypass project by this Government.”