Reservoir urgently needed
GLADSTONE Regional Council has allocated $300,000 to bring forward the investigation and design stages of the 3mL Lilly Hills water reservoir at Boyne Island.
Last month's preliminary approval of the Heidelberg master planned urban community at Boyne Island/Wurdong Heights has made it imperative to fast track construction of the reservoir.
The council's development portfolio spokesman councillor Craig Butler said based on historic residential take up rate, Boyne Island's existing water infrastructure had been considered adequate to service the population for the next two years, prior to the Heidelberg decision.
"The preliminary approval for the Heidelberg development has changed the circumstances, with this project not having previously been budgeted for in council's current operational plan," Cr Butler said.
"The council's water supply strategic plan identified the need for the reservoir, once an additional 90 new lots had been constructed within the area. But given that Stage One of the Heidelberg development exceeds that number, it is now imperative council fast track the project."