Pipe given stick
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