$100 million water pipeline idea resurfaces
HOW the Fraser Coast will secure its future water supply remains uncertain but the push to pipe water from Paradise Dam has re-emerged.
The plan to build a pipeline from Paradise Dam in Biggenden to the Fraser Coast was discussed when Labor Minister Andrew McNamara was Member for Hervey Bay before 2009.
However talk had quietened until Wide Bay Burnett Conservation Council president Roger Currie again raised the issue.
Increasing the capacity of the region's water storage has been discussed for many years.
But with increasing talk of more cane farming land along with Hervey Bay's 3% annual growth, Mr Currie suggested Paradise Dam was a front-running solution.
"Paradise is chock-a-block - there's water available," he said.
"It's a guaranteed supply for Hervey Bay's expansion."
TOP FRASER COAST NEWS
Mr Currie suggested water could be piped from the dam to either the Howard or Burgowan water treatment plants or to Lenthall Dam.
He estimated the cost to be around $80 to $100 million.
Rural councillor James Hansen admitted the idea had been "loosely discussed" and the cost was "pretty horrific".
"There's certainly under-utilised water up there (Paradise Dam)," he said.
But Cr Hansen said to combat the lack of water on the Fraser Coast, farmers should be given help to increase water storage on their own properties.
Member for Maryborough Anne Maddern agreed it was imperative planning be undertaken to source future water supplies.
She admitted "one of a number options was the piping of water from Paradise" during a water meeting she facilitated in September last year.
"There is much research work to be done and all options will need to be evaluated before any decision is taken," she said.
"There are many stakeholders involved in the supply and use of water including local, state and federal governments and private industry."
But Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen suggested Mr Currie contact the council.
"I do not know in what capacity Roger is asking this question, however, he should take this to Fraser Coast Regional Council," he said.
A pipeline from Paradise Dam would likely require consultation and funding from all levels of government.
Spokeswomen for Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt and Deputy Prime Minister and Wide Bay MP Warren Truss said their offices had received no formal proposals on the plan.