Public asked for feedback on quality of local waterways

THE State Government has asked Gladstone residents to provide feedback about water quality in the city.

Environment and Heritage Protection Minister Andrew Powell said the move demonstrated a commitment to the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership.

"Significant community consultation has already taken place in the development of the draft environmental values and questions and comments on water quality issues," he said.

"The standards are based on national guidelines, but refined for local conditions, taking into account local data."

The partnership, formally launched in November 2013, was now working towards the release of a pilot report card by the end of the year, covering environmental, cultural, social and economic indicators about the health of Gladstone harbour, he said.

The area covered included the Styx River Basin south to the Boyne River Basin.

It also included Broadsound, Shoalwater Bay, Keppel Bay, lower Fitzroy estuary, The Narrows, Curtis Island, Gladstone harbour and adjacent coastal waters.

The government wished to involve the community in the benchmarks it delivered in determining a healthy or unhealthy harbour.

Gladstone business owner Aaron Rigby said water quality was a recurring issue that needed to be dealt with.

"Two years later and we are finally doing something productive about our waterways," he said.

"Let's just hope this can be the beginning of our reputation as a city and the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef re-establishing itself."

FAST FACTS

The draft Community Consultation Report can be viewed at www.ehp.qld.gov.au

Feedback submissions can be made by email to evinfo@ehp.qld.gov.au or via post Att: Jim Fewings, Healthy Waters, Department and Environment and Heritage Protection, PO Box 2454, Brisbane, Qld, 4001

Submissions close on June 16



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