Long term water solution developed for Palm Island
Published Wednesday, 05 October, 2016 at 12:42 PM
Premier and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment
The Honourable Jackie Trad
A long-term solution to Palm Island’s water supply problems is being pursued by the Palaszczuk Government, with drilling for groundwater to commence later this month.
Visiting Palm Island today Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Deputy Premier and Ministerial Champion for Palm Island Jackie Trad said that improving the long-term health of residents was top priority.
“The Palaszczuk Government has been working closely with the Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council to match the growth of this beautiful island with important new infrastructure projects,” she said.
“Our government is committed to securing a long term water solution for the community on Palm Community.
“Drilling for groundwater will potentially supply a third of the island’s current water demands, and work and is scheduled to start mid-October with the drilling of three to four bore holes, over two to three weeks.”
Ms Trad said Palm Island residents were also set to benefit from a new $3.5 million wastewater treatment plant.
“We have been assisting council with their plans to build new housing subdivisions, with a further 160 homes expected over the next three years,” she said.
“This new plant is essential community infrastructure that will benefit the long term health of residents.
“The plant will provide a cost-effective, environmentally conscious solution to a sewerage system required to cater for the increasing population.
Palm Island Mayor Alf Lacey said planning for future growth by meeting the Palm Island community development needs was vital to the well-being and health of residents.
“We welcome the Queensland Government’s proactive plan which is delivering cost-effective and sustainable long-term water security and waste water treatment solutions for Palm Island,” Mr Lacey said.
“These new projects along with the council’s action to upgrade the water treatment plant will hold the community in good stead for the future and provide real liveability to Palm Island residents.”
In February the Queensland Government approved work to install a temporary desalination plant and other emergency measures for the community to tackle the recent water supply shortages.
However, heavy rainfall in March brought Solomon Dam back to capacity and Banbarribarra Dam to 65 percent, allowing the opportunity to explore long-term solutions.
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