GKI folk meet with state reps

Up­date on $25m power-water plan

The Morning Bulletin - - NEWS - TR­ISH BOW­MAN Tr­ish.Bow­man@cap­news.com.au

OVER 20 Great Kep­pel Is­land stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers met with a ded­i­cated State Gov­ern­ment GKI Project team at the Hide­away on Tues­day night to dis­cuss cur­rent and fu­ture needs for the is­land in­clud­ing the con­nec­tion of the $25 mil­lion plan for power and water.

Capricorn En­ter­prise CEO Mary Car­roll, who at­tended the meet­ing, said she was pleased to see the State Gov­ern­ment work­ing with trans­parency and keep­ing GKI stake­hold­ers up to date.

“A team of three rep­re­sen­ta­tives in­clud­ing engi­neer and project man­ager Sascha Kurz and team mem­bers from the State Gov­ern­ment Depart­ment of In­no­va­tion, Tourism In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment, Chris Newsam and Ali­cia Bull, gave at­ten­dees an up­date on ex­actly where the project was up to and in­cluded the op­por­tu­nity for stake­hold­ers to ask ques­tions,” Ms Car­roll said.

“The team of three have been work­ing in the back­ground for some months in­ves­ti­gat­ing all the var­i­ous op­tions for de­liv­ery of the power and water in­fra­struc­ture.

“It was made clear from the get go, the power and water in­fra­struc­ture fund­ing is pub­lic, it is not a mo­nop­o­lis­tic in­fra­struc­ture spend for one de­vel­oper.

“It is for eco­nomic up­lift and op­por­tu­ni­ties for ex­ist­ing and po­ten­tial fu­ture busi­ness and res­i­dents.”

Ms Car­roll said res­i­dents were asked if they wanted to con­nect to the power and water or not, rais­ing the ques­tion of whether they would be sub­sidised to do so.

“Stake­hold­ers were asked to com­plete a ques­tion­naire and in­clude any con­cerns or sug­ges­tions so the team can gather all rel­a­tive in­for­ma­tion to in­clude in a project re­port back to the state due to be com­plete by the end of June.

“To avoid any con­fu­sion of the de­tails of the project, an of­fi­cial news­let­ter will be pro­duced in the not too dis­tant fu­ture by the project team to keep stake­hold­ers in­formed.

“This com­mu­ni­ca­tion will en­sure ev­ery­one re­ceives the same in­for­ma­tion void of in­di­vid­ual in­ter­pre­ta­tion.”

The team is re­ported to be in­ves­ti­gat­ing all op­tions for the tech­ni­cal de­liv­ery of power and water to the is­land, in­clud­ing sub­ma­rine ca­bles, which al­ready have ap­provals in place and op­tions for is­land-based re­new­ables and hy­brid tech­nolo­gies (so­lar hy­dro­gen, bat­tery stor­age and on is­land de­sali­na­tion fa­cil­i­ties).

The project team has been work­ing with the Great Bar­rier Reef Marine Park Author­ity with re­vised ser­vices cor­ri­dors and the de­vel­op­ment of a cul­tural her­itage man­age­ment plan.

The GKI Project team have met with Wop­paburra rep­re­sen­ta­tives and have com­menced com­mu­ni­ca­tions with Du­ram­bul rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

STAKEHOLDER CON­CERNS: Over 20 res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers at­tended a meet­ing with state rep­re­sen­ta­tives this week.

Photo: Al­lan Reinikka

Great Kep­pel Is­land Re­sort.

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