Good news post-dam
THE end of the Traveston Crossing dam proposal has marked a big improvement in relations between Gympie Regional Council and the Queensland Water Commission.
Councillors at their Works and Services Committee meeting yesterday welcomed the improvement, as shown by positive provisions in the commission’s new South-East Queensland Water Strategy.
Committee chairman Larry Friske said the new strategy contained “a fair bit of good news”.
Presented as “a blueprint for future water supply projects in South East-Queensland in the post-Traveston era”, the strategy is welcomed as vindication of some council submissions on the now-defunct dam proposal.
“In summary, the strategy is good news for the Gympie Region. It takes a realistic approach on all of the water supply issues affecting South East Queensland, in part echoing the 2007 Mary River Council of Mayors report (prepared in answer to the dam proposal).”
A consultation report associated with the strategy acknowledges that the “alleged 150,000-megalitre strategic reserve” claimed by dam proponents (and still in the strategy) is “highly contentious”.
“The implication (for Gympie) is that there is a commitment to examine the medium raising of Borumba Dam and a water harvesting scheme from the Mary”, but at lower rates of extraction and with lower environmental risk.