Thumbs up for Task­force Progress in pipe­line

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DOMANII CAMERON

TOWNSVILLE res­i­dents are “qui­etly con­fi­dent” their wa­ter con­cerns have been ad­dressed but there’s still work to do, says act­ing mayor Les Walker.

It comes less than a month af­ter the Wa­ter Task­force re­leased its in­terim re­port re­veal­ing a du­pli­ca­tion of the Haughton pipe­line would be the most ef­fi­cient and in­ex­pen­sive op­tion to se­cure wa­ter for Townsville.

Townsville City Coun­cil and the State Govern­ment are work­ing through wa­ter de­mand man­age­ment op­tions, with an­nounce­ments to be made in com­ing weeks.

Cr Walker said Townsville al­ways looked for growth and wa­ter se­cu­rity.

“I think peo­ple have been given an­swers to a lot of ques­tions that they’ve been ask­ing for some time,” he said. “Do they ( res­i­dents) want it quicker? Well sure, and we will work as fast as pos­si­ble so we can get the best pos­si­ble out­come.”

Cr Walker said it was im­por­tant that the city tried to avoid Level 4 wa­ter re­stric­tions.

“If it rains, it doesn’t change any­thing,” he said. “It could rain here for the next 40 days and 40 nights but we’re still build­ing a pipe­line. We’re all on the same song sheet when it comes to that.

“We work closely through the City Deals as part of that process to en­sure the State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ments are aware of the re­gion’s needs.”

Cr Walker said there were ways to bet­ter de­sign land­scapes in the city.

“I love the life­style that we have and we want to main­tain that and im­prove it as we move along,” he said.

Task­force chair­man Brad Webb said the com­mu­nity was sup­port­ive.

“We need to get our fi­nal de­sign done so we can give the pub­lic a re­ally good ex­pla­na­tion of how the pipe will work,” he said.

“I’m hav­ing more dis­cus­sions next week on how this can move for­ward.

“We are wait­ing on a fi­nal sum­mary of all the re­ports which should be out in Oc­to­ber by GHD.”

Townsville En­ter­prise chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Pa­tri­cia O’Cal­laghan said the fund­ing com­mit­ment an­nounce­ment by both the State Govern­ment and the Lib­eral Na­tional Party had given the com­mu­nity con­fi­dence.

“Peo­ple are aware that there is a plan and hope­fully we can now ex­e­cute it,” she said.

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