Sur­vey in case Rex runs short

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

AVOID­ING a re­peat of the dras­tic short­ages which re­sulted in Rex Creek al­most run­ning dry in 2009 is the pri­mary mo­ti­va­tion be­hind a move to iden­tify al­ter­na­tive wa­ter sources for Moss­man and Port Dou­glas.

Mayor Val Schier said Rex Creek was not suf­fi­cient to meet com­mu­nity wa­ter de­mands dur­ing ex­tended dry pe­ri­ods.

“Wa­ter re­stric­tions were put in place in 2009 to re­duce de­mand and emer­gency mea­sures were on standby if the need for a sec­ond source arose,” Cr Schier said.

“It is also ex­tremely im­por­tant that Rex Creek re­tains suf­fi­cient wa­ter flow to en­sure a healthy en­vi­ron­ment.”

A re­port will eval­u­ate the sus­tain­abil­ity of source op­tions and con­sider so­cial, en­vi­ron­men­tal and eco­nomic gov­er­nance is­sues.

But the coun­cil also wants to gauge com­mu­nity per­cep­tions as it plans to meet the wa­ter de­mands of the in­creas­ing pop­u­la­tion.

“Com­mu­nity in­put to the plan­ning process will as­sist in fi­nal­is­ing de­ci­sions on the most ap­pro­pri­ate source op­tions,” Cr Schier said.

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