Pipe given stick

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - PAUL MIL­TON BUT­LER

THE Moss­man Golf Club is be­ing “rail­roaded” by the Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil in re­la­tion to a new water pipe­line, ac­cord­ing to the club’s cap­tain John Car­ney.

Af­ter get­ting $5 mil­lion in fund­ing from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, coun­cil planned to up­grade the sewage treat­ment plant in Moss­man and pump the treated water through a new un­der­ground 5.5km pipe­line to a dam at the Moss­man golf course.

The water was then to be used to water the golf course.

But a ma­jor stum­bling block is that the club wants the water but can­not af­ford to pay for the pipe­line or the electricity costs in hav­ing the water pumped from the treat­ment plant to the club.

Mr Car­ney said that it was an­other “per­fect ex­am­ple” of the coun­cil do­ing ev­ery­thing “backto-front”.

“Of course we want the water but we sim­ply can­not af­ford any of the in­fra­struc­ture or any costs as­so­ci­ated with get­ting the water to us,” Mr Car­ney said.

“The works be­ing pro­posed could eas­ily cost up to $500,000, which would be an enor­mous im­post on our mem­bers.”

The club has been ne­go­ti­at­ing with the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment and the coun­cil for nearly 12 months and at all times, the coun­cil has been told the club has no money for the in­fra­struc­ture, be it stor­age, sprin­kler sys­tems, electricity and on­go­ing main­te­nance.

“We have had in ex­cess of six meet­ings, one with nine dif­fer­ent Gov­ern­ment and coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives,” Mr Car­ney said.

“The club re­cently re­ceived an 18-page draft doc­u­ment from coun­cil want­ing us to pro­vide the en­tire in­fra­struc­ture to store and dis­trib­ute this water and even­tu­ally to also pay for this water that the coun­cil wants to get rid of.”

But coun­cil’s waste and water man­ager Bruce Gar­diner said the pipe­line was in fact two pipe­lines that would be shar­ing the same trench, while a third pipe will run into the cen­tre of Moss­man where its water will be used on the parks and pos­si­bly school grounds.

“The two pipes that will share the same trench will be­gin at the Moss­man treat­ment works and run all the way to the Newell Beach turn-off near the Moss­man Golf Club,” he said.

“We have had talks with the golf club and they have made us fully aware of their fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion but af­ter get­ting the money from the Gov­ern­ment we de­cided to at least build the pipe­line, get it in the ground now be­cause it will be cheaper to do it now than a cou­ple of years down the track.

“Once the trun­k­lines ( main pipe­lines) are in place we sim­ply cap them at the golf course and then when the club says it can af­ford the waste water we can lay a smaller pipe to their dam and pump in the water.”

Mr Gar­diner said the sec­ond pipe in the ground would then be ex­tended to Newell Beach when re­quired.

Mayor Val Schier said work on the 5.5km pipe­line, and the one me­gal­itre stor­age fa­cil­ity, from Moss­man to the Moss­man golf course should be com­pleted by the end of Au­gust.

Work in progress: the pipe­line un­der con­struc­tion

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