A DRAFT timeline being presented to Cairns Regional Council today means Douglas residents will need to get used to the taste of chlorine for at least another 18 months.
Division 10 councillor Julia Leu said she was extremely disappointed with the protracted timeframe being suggested which would delay the introduction of a chlorine free trial until May 2012.
Cr Leu questioned the “minimalist” three page summary of the 180-page report by international consultancy firm, Black & Veatch, being provided to the council ahead of today’s first meeting of the year.
It had been hoped by the community the report would overcome the hurdles involved in conducting the trial but instead, more questions had been posed.
Council believes the consultants have not fully addressed Queensland Health concerns about the vulnerability of the aged, immunedeficient and young people and whether commercial food premises would be able to meet the strict legislative requirements..