THE suggestion of a desalination plant on Bribie Island has left residents nervous about the fragile ecology of the Pumicestone Passage marine park.
While the state governments own report recommended Bribie Island as the best site for south-east Queenslands second desalination plant, Member for Pumicestone Carryn Sullivan has assured residents the plans will not go ahead any time soon.
The state government had decided that a desalination plant was not appropriate for Bribie Island.
... Deputy premier Anna Bligh pointed out that it (the desalination plant) would need to be 60% bigger than the desalination plant at Tugun in order to meet the amount of water that would be produced by the Traveston Crossing Dam, she said.
Caboolture council mayor Joy Leishman said yesterday that she would seek a copy of the detailed report. She said the council had not known the report existed.
Despite the assurances, Bribie residents yesterday were unsure about plans for the plant and called for more information on desalination.
Sylvan Beach bait shop The Tackle Inn owner Keith Williams said he was concerned about brine discharge in Moreton Bay and Pumicestone Passage from such a plant.
Mr Williams, who has owned his shop for more than seven years and lived on the island for the past 10 years, said a Bribie desalination plant would be in a very fragile environment.
Its going to put nutrients and more concentrated stuff into the ocean, he said.
Im no expert but its only commonsense it (would) have some sort of effect.
Itll move right throughout the bay.
Water quality is improving, so why take a chance with it? He said there was a lack of tidal movement in Pumicestone Passage, which would not help the situation.
Who do you trust in the government these days? he said.
What studies have they done? Surely they can get information about other desalination plants from overseas.
Bribie fisherman Greg Savige, who has worked from the island for the past 35 years, said he, too, would be concerned if such a plant went ahead.
A spokesman for Caloundra mayor Don Aldous said his council had told the state government it supported a desalination plant north of Brisbane not specifically on Bribie Island.
He said the council had considered the plant as a potential alternative to the Traveston Dam, near Gympie.
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