CQ wa­ter sup­ply is ap­proved

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

SUNWATER has con­firmed it re­ceived en­vi­ron­men­tal ap­provals for the Nathan Dam which would sup­ply wa­ter for in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ments in Cen­tral Queens­land.

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment ap­proved the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact state­ment, sub­ject to conditions, fol­low­ing the Co-or­di­na­tor Gen­eral’s eval­u­a­tion and con­sid­er­a­tion of en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact as­sess­ment re­quire­ments in May this year.

The pro­posed lo­ca­tion for Nathan Dam is two kilo­me­tres up­stream of Nathan Gorge on the Daw­son River.

It would have a ca­pac­ity of up to 888,312 me­gal­itres to ser­vice fu­ture in­dus­trial and min­ing de­vel­op­ment in the Su­rat and south­ern Bowen basins.

SunWater chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ni­cole Hol­lows said she was pleased with the out­come of the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact state­ment process, which had been sus­pended in 2009 to fur­ther in­ves­ti­gate a crit­i­cally en­dan­gered snail pop­u­la­tion.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tions of the crit­i­cally en­dan­gered bog­gomoss snail have been un­der­taken by in­de­pen­dent ex­perts and found the pop­u­la­tion to be sig­nif­i­cantly higher than orig­i­nally sug­gested,” Ms Hol­lows said.

“SunWater is com­mit­ted to un­der­tak­ing rig­or­ous, in­de­pen­dent and trans­par­ent pro­cesses to en­sure we have the re­quired checks and bal­ances to make con­sid­ered and re­spon­si­ble de­ci­sions about fu­ture wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture.”

Ms Hol­lows added while there wouldn’t be any new al­lo­ca­tion avail­able for agri­cul­ture from the project, the dam would pro­vide greater re­li­a­bil­ity of sup­ply for down­stream ir­ri­ga­tors with ex­ist­ing al­lo­ca­tions.

SunWater is Queens­land’s lead­ing re­gional bulk wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture com­pany, sup­ply­ing more than 5000 cus­tomers in the agri­cul­ture and min­ing sec­tors.

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