Our water costs 'ok'
AS plentiful rain fell at the weekend, Gympie Region residents can thank their good fortune our area is on the giving end of the water supply bargain, providing water to South-East Queensland, rather than importing it from elsewhere.
With the Mary and its tributaries providing water to Noosa’s Lake McDonald and the southern Sunshine Coast’s Baroon Pocket dam, our region is still keeping itself plentifully provided for, with good reserves in Borumba Dam and plentiful falls in its Jimna catchment area.
And in an era when that means gold, that means our region is free from the big cost increases that go with providing water security to the relatively over-developed south-east.
Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne yesterday said many arguments about massively rising water costs in the government-defined South-East Queensland region were not applicable to us.
“Our bulk water costs went up substantially five years ago, but they have not risen recently,” he said.
The big problem from Noosa southwards is the cost of providing water security to Brisbane, the Mayor said.
“That large water pipeline, the western corridor pipeline for waste water and the northern interconnector pipeline (which seems set to take large amounts of water from Lake McDonald and the Mary River) are all costs which are needed to pay for water security to the south.
“The Water Grid and the money spent on the Traveston Crossing dam proposal are all costs that have to be met,” he said.
“We don’t bear that cost and we don’t get any benefit from those capital costs.”
Councillor Dyne was commenting on a call from the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) for the Queensland Government to freeze immediately the cost of water from dams, to stop the rising cost of water to households.
LGAQ CEO Greg Hallam said price hikes across South-East Queensland were being driven by huge increases in the cost of raw, untreated water from dams owned by the state government.