Councillors puts differences aside

COUNCILLORS representing coastal communities will today seek to persuade their colleagues to limit the supply of "tainted" Rockhampton water to the former Livingstone Shire.

The councillors, Bill Ludwig, Brett Svendsen and Glenda Mather, frequently clash with each other and rarely see eye to eye.

And they have not exactly joined forces on the controversial matter.

But each of them in turn will rise this morning to ask for greater use of the pure Waterpark Creek supply for the people they represent up and down the Capricorn Coast.

Cr Ludwig has been arguing for a suspension of the supply from Rockhampton ever since quality concerns were first raised last year.

His new motion calls for the suspension of pumping to the coast until the quality of raw water in the Fitzroy River improves and for an automatic suspension when quality falls below acceptable standards.

He is also calling for agreement on minimum volumes from Rockhampton necessary to meet demand at the coast.

Cr Ludwig has repeatedly argued that the pipeline's original intent was to supplement the coast's own supply, rather than replace it.

Cr Svendsen is separately calling for a blend of water for the southern end of the coast, saying he is responding to numerous complaints from constituents.

Cr Mather's motion is for a policy for equal parts of Fitzroy River and Waterpark Creek water to be supplied to residents and businesses at the coast.

"It seems mean and senseless if we can alleviate the severity of the taste, when there is ample good water from Waterpark Creek going out to sea."



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