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16 January 2009

The Department of Infrastructure and Planning is seeking public feedback on the environmental impact statement for a proposed South East Queensland Water Grid pipeline from Cooroy to Eudlo.

The Environmental Impact Statement ( EIS ) for the second stage of the Northern Pipeline Inter-connector (NPI Stage 2), was today released by the Coordinator-General, Colin Jensen,  for public comment for the next 7 weeks.

Mr Jensen said the EIS identifies the project’s potential benefits and impacts during construction and operation, and ways of avoiding or mitigating the adverse impacts.

 “I am satisfied the EIS provided by LinkWater Projects meets its terms of reference,” Mr Jensen said.

 “The project is approximately 48km of pipeline and associated facilities which extends from the existing water treatment plant near Cooroy to the termination point for NPI Stage 1 near the Landers Shute water treatment plant near Eudlo.

“The project’s footprint is approximately 148 hectares comprised of a 30m wide pipeline corridor plus associated facilities of three pump stations and one balance tank.

“The completed NPI will supply up to 65 mega litres a day of treated portable water from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane,” Mr Jensen said.

The project will connect existing partly utilised water entitlements to the South East Queensland water grid and assist in reducing the reliance on water drawn from the Baroon Pocket Dam.

Public submissions on the EIS close Monday March 9 2009.

“I encourage members of the public and other interested parties to read the EIS and have their say.

 “This is not an approval of the EIS, rather it gives any interested person or organisation an opportunity to make a submission to me on the EIS.”

After reviewing the EIS and submissions on it, the Coordinator-General will determine whether the proponent is required to prepare a supplementary report.

Submissions should be made in writing and the EIS is available to view at several Sunshine Coast libraries, the State Library of QLD and Member for Nicklin Peter Wellington’s office in Nambour.

Submission can also be made online at http://www.dip.qld.gov.au/projects or www.linkwater.com.au.

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