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A growing Cooloola Cove from the air. The Noosa Parks Association is worried water needed for growth at the Coast will deplete the Noosa River.
A growing Cooloola Cove from the air. The Noosa Parks Association is worried water needed for growth at the Coast will deplete the Noosa River. Craig Warhurst

THE perennial issue of Noosa trying to steal our water is in the news again, with another claim by the Noosa Parks Association that water mined for Tin Can Bay and Cooloola Cove’s water supply is draining the Noosa River.

“It must be that time of year again,” Gympie Regional Council Works Committee Chairman Larry Friske said yesterday, adding that the issue was a regular one.

“I told the former Noosa Council we would be happy to stop taking water from Teewah Creek if they stopped taking our water from the Mary River, which waters Hervey Bay and the Great Sandy region.

“That’s an area just as precious as the Cooloola National Park,” he said.

Cr Friske said council’s groundwater allocation was a legal entitlement based on quite recent (2006) legislation.

That was itself based on Department of Natural Resource (now merged to form the Department of Environment and Resource Management) modelling which showed our allocation, even if we used it all, would not have a detrimental effect on the Noosa River.

“The fact is we use only a small fraction of that allocation.

“We are behaving sustainably because we have a population cap for that area based on our water entitlement.

“We don’t go into other areas and take their water, as Noosa does when it pumps out of the Mary at Coles Crossing or out of (its tributary) Six Mile Creek.

“We can let the population go to 24,000 or so before we are using our whole allocation.

“We are behaving responsibly. We’re not building pipelines to take water from other areas,” he said.

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