Full steam ahead
By YVONNE McLEAN
A LARGE area of land near the Tugun tip has been selected by the city council and its partner the Gold Water Consortium as the preferred site for the proposed desalination plant.
Council gave the go-ahead for the project at Monday's council meeting.
However before this long- mooted project goes ahead to provide a source of potable water in times of emergency, a private scheme will be set up in Kropp Park to resolve some of the questions that still hang over the desalination concept.
The pilot scheme will last no more than three months and is expected to be established soon.
This week council water supply spokesperson Cr Daphne McDonald and the division councillor Christine Robbins spoke out to allay fears about any damage to Kropp Park caused by the pilot scheme.
Both councillors said the park, a favourite among southern Gold Coast people would be absolutely rehabilitated when the pilot test was completed.
Meanwhile, Mayor Ron Clarke's good neighbour gesture to South East Queensland councils, including Brisbane City, for Gold Coast to reduce its input from Wivenhoe Dam to the very minimum has been put on hold and a full report of all possible repercussions on any cut from Wivenhoe would be investigated.
The mayor's gesture had little support from a majority of councillors.
Mayor Clarke agreed that water supply to the northern Gold Coast now utilising 11 and a half per cent of the Wivenhoe supply had to be guaranteed. Cr McDonald is a stern critic of any reduction of the present Wivenhoe intake.