Government take desalination plant

 THE Queensland Government has finally accepted the handover of the Gold Coast desalination plant after it overcame problems from faulty bolts, fixtures, intake shafts and storage tanks.

Infrastructure and Planning Minister Stirling Hinchliffe yesterday said the government was satisfied every problem had been fixed and the fully operational plant at Tugun met all of the requirements.

“We said the Queensland Government wouldn’t accept handover of this facility until it was completed to world-class standards and that is what we have done,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

Mr Hinchliffe brushed aside criticism the plant was not needed now the region’s dams were close to capacity.

“Just over three years ago the dams fell to less than 17 per cent,” he said.

“This facility is an insurance policy against this region ever being in that situation again.”



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