Sewage release prompts waterway plan

DISCHARGE of raw sewage into a Gladstone waterway last year has sparked an Environmental Management Program for Gladstone City Council sewerage systems.

A report put together by an independent party indicated there were a number of occasions in recent years when raw sewage was detected in local waterways.

The report also said that such occurrences were not permitted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and were detrimental due to the makeup of the local environment.

The report said the local environment contained waterways within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and areas of economic, social and natural significance to the state, suggesting the releases were detrimental to the environment. However it stated the sewage releases were the result of operational issues.

'It is significant that all the above reportable releases can be attributed to operational issues and were not the result of insufficient capacity in the existing system,' the report said.

Gladstone City Council manager water services Matthew Stahl said the environmental protection program which Council designedwith the EPA was a preventative measure.

The EPA said the work of the Council in designing the protection program was positive. However, there may need to be some works carried out in order for it to be effective, a spokesperson said.

'The audit report will identify any works that may be necessary to achieve these objectives.'

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