QAL want council to pay $925K for broken drinking water pipe

WATER is the world's most precious resource, but QAL may need to hold out before it gets a healthy share of it.

Gladstone council has applied for State Government funding under the Building Our Regions infrastructure fund, but

Mayor Matt Burnett said a QAL water pipe that keeps breaking is at the bottom of his list of priority projects.

QAL has written to council asking that it fix the water pipe, which brings drinking water to the Boyne Smelter.

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The pipe would cost $925,000 to fix, a fraction of the $24.05 million council has applied for to fund nine projects across the region.

Cr Burnett said lobbying the State and Federal Government into beginning a multi-million dollar health centre in West Gladstone is his biggest priority, adding that Gladstone has the lowest number of health professionals per capita along Australia's east coast.

He said the key to securing the funding would be persistence, referring to his success in winning back the Gladstone Area Water Board dividends after three years of lobbying.

"If you don't give up, you'll eventually succeed," he said.

"But the message to the minister is our council is supporting this project (the health centre) -- we'd prefer they support our highest priority, but we'll take their money on anything."

In its agenda, council suggested "it may be possible to encourage industry partnerships by partnering with QAL to fund these works."

But QAL said it was too early to tell if they would contribute, as they hadn't discussed it with council yet.

Cr Burnett said "if they want to pay, we'll be happy to take their money", but he wouldn't expect it, as the pipe does belong to council.

"You don't hit up your ratepayers to make them pay for services," he said.

"At the end of the day, they are a good corporate citizen, so they are they are entitled to good services for that."



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