CQ water supply is approved
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.