McDonald wants to hear from you
GOLD Coast City Council's water supply spokesperson, Cr Daphne McDonald is urgently seeking the opinions of residents of Division 13 (Palm Beach and Elanora) on the city's future water supply sources.
An advocate of community consultation, Cr McDonald said residents' opinions on this water issue would have a vital bearing on her vote when the matter came before council in the near future.
The issue is this: Should the raising of the Hinze Dam wall to its full capacity (stage three) be brought forward and proceed at the same time as the new pipeline to the Wivenhoe Dam? Ratepayers would bear the cost of the Hinze Dam work estimated at $80 million.
Cr McDonald said council's contract for the new pipeline connection to Wivenhoe which would increase supply from that source to 85 megalitres a day was set in concrete, the only item to be finalised was the route. The Wivenhoe project would also cost about $80 million.
"But this cost will be funded through government subsidies and developers' water supply infrastructure contributions. There is no financial impost on ratepayers," Cr McDonald said.
"I am anticipating a strong move from Cr Ted Shepherd for the raising of the Hinze Dam for water supply to get a priority rating. But this work would not benefit from developers contributions or government subsidies. Govern- ment approval also needs to be sought before any real planning for raising the Hinze Dam wall for water supply can proceed," Cr McDonald said.
"Wivenhoe is a ready-made water source, the Hinze Dam depends on rainfall and that yield is no longer reliable due to changing weather patterns. But the Hinze Dam project will remain on the books until the time is right and all approvals are obtained," she said.
Cr McDonald said she hopes for a significant community response to her request for opinions on whether or not the Hinze Dam issue should be a priority with council's water supply planning. Her office phone number is 5581?6228.