Desalination works at Kropp Park, Tugun.
Desalination works at Kropp Park, Tugun.

Desal plant still out

THE May deadline the Queensland Government flagged as the end of a five-week “shutdown” of the Tugun desalination plant is fast approaching, and Currumbin MP Jann Stuckey has demanded to know when it will be turned back on.

In Parliament on Tuesday Ms Stuckey asked Infrastructure Minister Stirling Hinchliffe when the plant would reopen and she claims he refused to answer.

“These delays have been caused by poor management by the Queensland Government, leading to faulty pipes and valves, corroded parts and unbalanced pumps requiring attention from international specialists,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Minister Hinchliffe says the plant was shut down while he waits for an independent review due to be completed sometime this month.”

An Infrastructure Department spokesman yesterday said repairs and an independent review were still required to be finished by the end of the month, but: “The State Government's number-one priority is making sure we have a desali- nation plant that is built to last, before we accept handover of the faci- lity from the Alliance that has built it.”



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