Fraser water harvest plan for Gympie examined
THE harvesting of water from Fraser Island is among the more controversial alternatives under examination as possible water sources for Gympie's growing Wide Bay region.
Gympie's northern MP Anne Maddern, whose electorate includes a large near-Gympie area between Tiaro and Chatsworth, has initiated a significant regional investigation of water needs.
And she told The Gympie Times that planners could not afford to overlook Fraser Island's potential.
"It may be that cost and environmental issues rule it out, but we should look at it.
"It'll be controversial because of environmental factors and heritage listing, but we should examine all issues," she said.
Mrs Maddern said she had convened a meeting of government departments, farming and catchment organisations, Acting Gympie Mayor Tony Perrett, and other interested parties to look at what water resources were available to support population and economic growth projected over the region in the next decade.
Farmers, manufacturers and residents all needed guaranteed water supplies to cope with projected growth.
So did the fishing and tourist industries, who needed environmental flows to support fish stocks in the river and the Great Sandy Straits.