Fitzroy River preferred water option
By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
A PIPELINE from Gladstone to the Fitzroy River has emerged as the preferred option for future local water supplies.
The option comes as part of the Gladstone Area Water Board's (GAWB) strategic water planning project released yesterday.
The report outlines a number of possible projects, with a 20,000 to 30,000 megalitre pipeline identified as the preferred option, although as yet no options have been implemented.
GAWB chief executive Rod Hayes said the report was de- signed to provide a plan for the future prosperity of the region.
Mr Hayes said the growth and feasibility of industrial projects and the general growth of the region depended on planning for a sustainable water supply.
"We see it as absolutely vital to the long-term growth of the region,'' Mr Hayes said. Mr Hayes said at present water supply in the region was relatively good, but it was important to be prepared for the future, which was the aim of the study.
"We were caught flat-footed in the last drought, the whole state was, so we don't want that to hap- pen again,'' he said.
Other options examined through the study include weirs, further raising of Awoonga Dam and desalination plants.
Each option was measured in relation to their importance and reliability and price, with reliability the major contributing factor.