Chlo­rine­free de­lay

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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..

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