'Marine life does need monitoring'

AN online petition has been launched calling for closer monitoring of marine life and salinity levels around the Tugun Desalination Plant.

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey said she supported a petition calling on the Queensland Government to undertake independent monitoring of the brine output from the plant.

“It has been brought to my attention that thorough monitoring by local fishermen has been stopped due to budgetary constraints,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Environmental concerns about brine output from the plant into the local marine habitat existed from day one of this project and recent reports from local fishermen indicate that close monitoring is required.”

Ms Stuckey said Brad Smith, of the Fix Currumbin Creek Committee, was also calling for closer monitoring.

“It is critical that this Labor Government ensures a healthy environment for our marine life as we have already seen Kirra Reef smothered through neglect and poor monitoring of the Tweed sand bypass project by this Government.”

The petition can be viewed at: www.parliament.qld.gov

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