Third time lucky for wa­ter pump

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - ❏ Bran­don Livesay

GAYN­DAH and its wa­ter pump are the first to ben­e­fit from the State Govern­ment’s Bet­ter­ment Fund­ing.

Fi­nally, san­ity has pre­vailed and the pump will be moved to a new lo­ca­tion.

Min­is­ter David Crisa­fulli was in Gayn­dah on Tues­day to an­nounce the pro­ject as the first ap­proved by the State Govern­ment to in­crease re­silience in com­mu­ni­ties dev­as­tated by floods.

De­scrib­ing the North Bur­nett as “ground zero”, Mr Crisa­fulli said it was ab­surd to keep mak­ing the same mis­takes.

THE govern­ment “owes it to the com­mu­nity to do bet­ter” for the peo­ple of Gayn­dah, ac­cord­ing to a Queens­land min­is­ter.

Queens­land Com­mu­nity Re­cov­ery Min­is­ter David Crisa­fulli an­nounced on Tues­day the in­fra­struc­ture for the town’s wa­ter pump would be re­lo­cated to Claude Whar­ton Weir as the first pro­ject ap­proved un­der the govern­ment’s Bet­ter­ment Fund­ing.

The pro­ject to move the­wa­ter in­take’s lo­ca­tion from Si­mon St will cost $3 mil­lion.

De­scrib­ing North Bur­nett as “ground zero”, Min­is­ter Crisa­fulli said it was ab­surd to keep mak­ing the same mis­takes and re­build­ing in the same lo­ca­tion.

“(The) wa­ter in­take had been de­stroyed dur­ing 2011,” Mr Crisa­fulli said.

“De­spite the com­mu­nity say­ing ‘we can do this bet­ter’, they­were told they had to put it back in the same lo­ca­tion and then to see it de­stroyed less than two weeks af­ter com­ple­tion.

“We stood here with the mayor and the deputy pre­mier just af­ter the Aus­tralia Day floods and, of all the pro- jects that struck me as show­ing that we could do bet­ter, this one in my mind has been on the top of the list.

“We owe it to the com­mu­nity to do it bet­ter.

“Not only is it re­silient against fu­ture dis­as­ters, but can pro­duce a bet­ter qual­ity wa­ter dur­ing dry times.”

Mr Crisa­fulli said re­plac­ing the ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture would have cost $2 mil­lion.

“Why should we be forc­ing coun­cil to re­place it in the same lo­ca­tion for $2 mil­lion when it could dis­ap­pear down the river again the next time there is a flood?

“For an ex­tra mil­lion we can safe­guard against fu­ture events.

“For an ex­tra mil­lion we can pre­vent peo­ple go­ing through the pain that they have twice in two years.”

North Bur­nett Mayor Don Waugh said the an­nounce­ment was a boost for ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

“We tend to be for­got­ten,” CrWaugh said.

“For Min­is­ter Crisa­fulli to make this the first an­nounce­ment, it recog­nises com­mu­ni­ties in coun­try Queens­land.”

Photo: Bran­don Livesay

ON THE MOVE: Min­is­ter David Crisa­fulli (cen­tre) an­nounced Bet­ter­ment Fund­ing in Gayn­dah with disas­ter re­cov­ery co-or­di­na­tor Brett Point­ing and North Bur­nett Mayor Don Waugh.

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