Power Park could be closed and used for effluent watering

HOWARD'S Power Park will be closed to the public and used as an effluent watering ground if the Fraser Coast Regional Council acquires it from the state government.

The council is in discussions with the state about securing the park to use it to dump treated water from the new Howard sewerage treatment plant.

Speaking on behalf of the council, chief executive officer Lisa Desmond confirmed the council wanted to utilise the park.

"Council, through Wide Bay Water Corporation, has approached Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders requesting for the old Power Station site to be transferred to Council for the purpose of an effluent reuse scheme," she said.

"The land will be for planting and growing trees which will be irrigated with treated effluent from the new Howard Sewerage Treatment Plant.

"The Howard Power Station site will be used for planting trees and irrigating with effluent reuse and will not be a park open to the public."

Ms Desmond said the request for transfer of the park to the council was for "this purpose only and not for the development of a park".

The council's push to acquire the park is a change to the its stance under former mayor Gerard O'Connell.
In March 2015 Mr O'Connell said the council was not interested in the site as it would become a liability.