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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Gladstone water project advances to next stage

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Thursday, February 11, 2010

    Gladstone water project advances to next stage

    Gladstone and its industries are on track to have an additional water source following endorsement of the Environmental Impact Statement for the $345 million Gladstone-Fitzroy River Pipeline project.

    Premier Anna Bligh today announced the Coordinator-General has signed off on a report recommending the project proceed subject to conditions.

    The Gladstone Area Water Board (GAWB) plans to build a 115km-long pipeline to transfer up to 30 gigalitres of water per annum from the southern bank of the lower Fitzroy River, near Rockhampton, to Gladstone.

    Gladstone relies on the Awoonga Dam, on the Boyne River south west of the city, as its sole source of water.

    "The Gladstone–Fitzroy Pipeline is one of the 12 regional water infrastructure commitments contained in the Statewide Water Policy announced during the election campaign in August 2006," Ms Bligh said.

    "Approximately 200 jobs will be created in Rockhampton and Gladstone during construction and 10 jobs during operation.

    "GAWB is doing the groundwork now to ensure that the pipeline and its associated infrastructure can be constructed within two years if drought or growth triggers demand. It will provide water for current and future industrial and urban customers."

    Ms Bligh said plans for the raising of the Eden Bann Weir and construction of the Rookwood Weir would also secure future water supply in the Lower Fitzroy Region.

    Infrastructure and Planning Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the pipeline will be the first to utilise the Stanwell–Gladstone Infrastructure Corridor, a multi-user infrastructure corridor identified for transportation of raw, treated and sea water, gas, mineral slurries and telecommunications to sustain industrial and infrastructure growth.

    "The pipeline will run within the corridor for most of its length and then connect with existing water infrastructure within the Gladstone State Development Area. Parts of the project are also located in the Rockhampton and Gladstone Regional Council areas," he said.

    "Apart from the 1067mm diameter pipeline, the project will include an intake at the Fitzroy River, a water treatment plant at Alton Downs, three pump stations, and two water storage tanks at Aldoga and Raglan.

    "For water allocation to be available, the project will need additional infrastructure — the raising of the Eden Bann Weir and construction of the Rookwood Weir — to be developed by the Lower Fitzroy River Infrastructure Project. These will be subject to separate assessment and water allocation processes."

    The Gladstone–Fitzroy Pipeline project was declared a ‘significant project’, for which an Environmental Impact Statement is required under the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971, on 26 July 2007.Mr Jensen’s report is now with the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts for his consideration of the project.

    The report can be viewed at www.dip.qld.gov.au/projects

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