Pipeline will solve water woes
CAPRICORN Coast resident Stephen Pickering won't have to worry about the future of his business after funding for a $49 million pipeline was announced yesterday.
"It's fantastic news for everyone on the coast. We've been waiting a long time for this,'' he said.
Mr Pickering said business at his Yeppoon nursery would pick up if coast residents had a more reliable water source.
"It will definitely help our industry because people have started to stop buying plants becuase of water restrictions,'' Mr Pickering said.
The Nationals Senate Leader Ron Boswell announced almost $16.5 million worth of Federal Government funding for a pipeline from Rockhampton yesterday.
Construction of the 30km pipeline from the Fitzroy River Barrage to Yeppoon is expected to begin next year.
Deputy Prime Minister, Mark Vaile said the project was a smart way to secure a long-term water supply for a rapidly growing region.
Livingstone Shire Council Mayor Bill Ludwig said the construction of the pipeline would stop any future extraction from Sandy Creek, north of Yeppoon.
"It will ensure that the nationally significant pristine environment of Sandy Creek is preserved in a natural state for future generations to enjoy.''
The State Government and Livingstone Shire will each contribute a third of the cost of the project.
Cr Ludwig said the pipeline would provide coast residents with 4000 megalitres of water per year and in addition to the current 4000 megalitres per year from Waterpark Creek, would be enough water to service the region until 2040.