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    Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Desalination plant to assure Palm Island’s water supply

    Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Friday, February 19, 2016

    Desalination plant to assure Palm Island’s water supply

    Palm Island residents will have a safe and reliable water supply after the Palaszczuk Labor Government approved more than $7 million for a temporary desalination plant and other emergency measures to supply water until February next year, ahead of the next wet season.
     
    Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad said this action will ensure the continued health and wellbeing of the community’s residents.
     
    “My Department has been working closely with the Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council to find a solution to their water issues after a failed wet season. This temporary desalination plant will give this community peace of mind that their water will not run out,” Ms Trad said.

    Palm Island currently has enough water in its dams until mid-2016, depending on usage. The temporary desalination plant will be ready by June to supply the community for nine months. 

    Other measures to increase supply include improving the water quality and operational efficiency of the existing water treatment plant, and transferring water from storages into the main Palm Island dam. 

    “I also commend the people of Palm Island for taking on the water saving initiatives and successfully reducing their water consumption.” 

    Member for Townsville, Scott Stewart welcomed the announcement.

    “I have been in constant contact with Mayor Alf Lacey to maintain the latest information about the water resources and their current consumption rates and forecast usage.”

    “I visited Palm Island Tuesday last week and spent considerable time with the Chief Engineer on the Island inspecting the water resources, so I was able to advise the Deputy Premier first hand what the situation was and possible solutions that were being investigated,” Mr Stewart said.

    The Queensland Government has been working with the State and Commonwealth environmental authorities to approve works that include the construction of pipelines into and the discharge of brine into the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

    “The State Government won’t take any risks where the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is concerned, so we are working closely with the Authority,” Ms Trad said.

    “There will also be ongoing monitoring of both the infrastructure and brine discharge during the operation of the desalination plant to ensure the reef is protected.”

    The fixed infrastructure for the temporary desalination plant can also be re-used should there be a future water shortage.

    Deputy Premier’s Office: 0488 996 667