Queensland Labor Palaszczuk leader slams mine water releases
ROCKHAMPTON certainly enjoyed its fair share of political attention yesterday with both the Premier and the Opposition leader in town.
State Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk spoke out on mine water releases as she also met with Depot Hill residents, who are faced with inundation from the murky Fitzroy waters for the second time in two years.
Bolsover St resident, Wayne Wisely said he was concerned, but not worried, about the next few days.
"We had warning and time to prepare," he said.
"I've seen lots of floods working in the railway, but it's different when it's your house and it's all your gear."
Ms Palaszczuk also met with the Local Disaster Management Group yesterday morning and was relieved to hear the floods would not be as bad as expected.
"I know people in the Rockhampton region are tough," she said.
Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne said the State Government was doing everything it needed to and should be supported.
"The counter-disaster committee is operating very effectively … with assistance from the State Government," Mr Byrne said.
Ms Palaszczuk said the Opposition was supportive of the government's efforts.
She still had concerns about mine water releases but stopped short of condemning the government for allowing mines to release untreated water into the river during flood.
"All that is needed is clear communication from the government … the Premier (Campbell Newman) needs to explain to people," she said.
"We're hearing there have been some discharges from Mt Morgan. Is that happening or not?
"We need a water expert to give those guarantees to families."
Mr Newman yesterday told reporters yesterday unauthorised water releases from Mt Morgan mine were a concern.
"There is a great deal of dilution … and I'm assured there is not an overall hazard," he said.
He said more needed to be done and Mayor Margaret Strelow had provided ideas, which he would talk about more with relevant ministers.
"We will not compromise the drinking water of people in Central Queensland," he said.
"It's an unequivocal commitment.
"The discharges right now, as a trial, are subject to full comprehensive monitoring.
"I am confident there won't be one discernable, measurable impact.
"If there was we would help the council 100% financially."
Mr Byrne said he had a "completely non-political" discussion with Mr Newman last week and they would assist the recovery effort in every way.