Rockhampton Regional Council is set to invest $1 million toward securing a long-term water supply for the Mount Morgan community, following today’s Council meeting.
Rockhampton Region Mayor, Tony Williams said the development of a pipeline had been chosen as the preferred option to increase water security, with Council agreeing to commit funding in this week’s budget to begin the business case.
“Today’s Council meeting presented a report that outlined six options on the table for increasing the water supply in Mount Morgan,” Mayor Williams said.
“Each were seriously looked into in terms of cost, complexity, community support and timeframe for completion.
“From the list of options being explored – the option that was recommended and the one we are choosing to now pursue is the development of a pipeline – whether that be a raw water hydro pipeline or a drinking water pipeline.
“We made a commitment to the Mount Morgan community to investigate a permanent water supply and find a way to do this. We are putting our money where our mouth is and ensuring its progression.”
Water and Environmental Sustainability Councillor, Donna Kirkland said the business case would identify all activities required, as well as potential funding options.
“From here, we will now begin works on developing a detailed business case that will identify all actions and options to see this pipeline come to fruition,” Cr Kirkland said.
“This will include things like the installation and operational costs, potential community growth and development, and listing strategies into funding its implementation – whether that be State or Federal Government or external stakeholders.”
Divisional Councillor, Cherie Rutherford said today’s decision would be welcome news to the Mount Morgan community.
“We know that the community have been patiently waiting for the outcome of this report, and I know that many will be incredibly pleased to hear about the decision made today,” Cr Rutherford said.
“While these works will now get underway, we want to reassure everyone that water deliveries will continue for as long as necessary.
“As always, residents are encouraged to contact us should they have any questions around this.”
Information on Mount Morgan’s water deliveries can be found on a dedicated section of Council’s website.