Ludwig puts the focus on fixing the Coast's water supply
LIVINGSTONE mayoral candidate Bill Ludwig says the new council needs to direct the "lesser standard" Fitzroy River Water primarily to industrial and parkland usage.
The Rockhampton Regional councillor yesterday said if elected fixing the Coast's water supply issue would be at the top of his list for things to immediately do.
"One of the key issues in the de-amalgamation was our right to regain control over the coast's pristine Waterpark Creek supply," Cr Ludwig said.
"Livingstone Shire Council fought long and hard to win the $50 million pipeline to 'drought proof' the Capricorn Coast, it was never meant to replace our primary supply from Waterpark Creek.
"With continuing long-term concerns over mine discharges and Fitzroy River pollution, the new council must restore the plans Livingstone Shire Council previously had in place to ensure the use of FRW water is kept to a minimum."
He said he would ensure the new council put in appropriate water management plans.
"The community has had valid health concerns over mine discharges. When these discharges are happening there is no reason why we should have to access that FRW water at all unless extreme drought conditions are prevailing," Cr Ludwig said
"Going forward council needs to direct this lesser standard water primarily to industrial and parkland usage, and given the positioning of the pipeline and the coast's primary future industrial corridor, that can be readily achieved."