Paradise water not for SE Qld
WATER from Paradise Dam will not be used to supplement south-east Queensland, Premier Anna Bligh guaranteed yesterday during a trip to Bundaberg.
“We currently have a consultation paper out about a 50-year water strategy in south-east Queensland and Paradise Dam does not feature anywhere in any of the options,” she said.
Ms Bligh said there were a number of more economical options which were being considered.
“Frankly I think the cost of pumping water that far would make the project unviable, so there has been no consideration given to it,” she said.
Ms Bligh did not mention if the water would be used on the Fraser Coast or in Gympie.
The NewsMail has previously reported the draft water strategy includes an option to investigate piping water from the dam to Hervey Bay.
“There will be plenty of water right here for the people of Bundaberg where they need it,” she said.