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    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Landowners to apply for soil

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Thursday, March 11, 2010

    Landowners to apply for soil

    The State Government has listened to land owners north of the Sunshine Coast who wish to retain excess soil excavated to make way for the Northern Pipeline Interconnector Stage 2 (NPI2).

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe said the State Government was pleased to hear the construction team had worked with the Sunshine Coast Regional Council to help allow residents to keep spoil removed to lay pipe on designated easements.

    Mr Hinchliffe said the majority of land owners did not require the soil which was removed by the construction team and taken to designated spoil disposal sites. However he said a small number of residents had expressed interest in retaining spoil.

    “Recently it has come to my attention that some land owners wish to retain soil, which is extra to requirement and therefore spoil, for their own private purposes,’’ Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “The storage of large amounts of spoil onsite raises safety, stormwater and environmental issues. That’s why it’s necessary to apply for a permit through Sunshine Coast Regional Council for the safe storage of spoil.

    “The construction team and the Sunshine Coast Regional Council have prepared guidelines for land owners to better understand the approval process and to allow spoil to be kept.

    “This material is a waste-product which in these large quantities, would normally be removed from the site, as spoil, by the construction team.

    “However some residents have explained they would like to keep the spoil. I am pleased that the construction team and Council have cooperated to facilitate this process between land owners and council.’’

    Mr Hinchliffe said land owners were compensated for the way the easement and the pipe laying impacted on their properties. He said the underground, reverse flow NPI2 would link the Sunshine Coast and future water sources to the South East Queensland Water Grid.

    “NPI2 will connect the currently segmented water zones of the Sunshine Coast and provide greater security and flexibility of water supply to support growth on the Sunshine Coast,’’ Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “The completed pipeline will provide the reverse flow capacity to ensure water can flow in either direction depending on demand. The project is also generating local jobs with 60 per cent of the 650 people expected to be employed on the project hired locally.’’

    NPI2 will connect with the existing 47km NPI stage 1 (NPI1) between Morayfield and Landers Shute Water Treatment Plant near Eudlo. Those seeking further information can contact the project alliance on 1800 243 998.

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