Reservoir ensures water for Port Douglas for 100 years

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Victoria Stone-Meadows

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UP AND RUNNING: Warren Entsch, Julia Leu and Curtis Pitt officially open the Port Douglas supply reservoir. Image: Victoria Stone-Meadows.
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Port Douglas’ water future has been secured for the next 100 years with the official opening of the new water supply reservoir. 

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Representatives from all three levels of government attended a ceremony at the new reservoir this morning to declare the project complete.

Warren Entsch MP, Federal Member for Leichhardt, said the main praise for this substantial infrastructure projects belongs to Douglas Shire Council.

“This is a very significant investment for Douglas Shire Council,” Entsch said.

“Douglas Shire needs all the accolades because we can rattle the change draw in State and Federal government to find significant dollars bit it’s bloody hard for a small shire.”

The $13 million project was jointly funded through Federal and State Governments in partnership with Douglas Shire Council. 

The 20-megalitre reservoir represents the single largest infrastructure project ever undertaken in the Douglas Shire.

The 20-megalitre reservoir is believed to support sustainable population growth in Port Douglas for the next 100 years.

Member for Mulgrave and speaker of the Queensland Legislative assembly, Curtis Pitt, said the reservoir would secure the future prosperity of the region.

“Most importantly, the reservoir provides water security which is increasingly one of the most important issues for all communities,” he said.

“There is nothing sexy about water infrastructure but this is a great outcome.”

Douglas Shire mayor Cr Julia Leu thanked the state and federal governments for their assistance in funding the project. 

The opening of the reservoir does not mean and end to the current water restrictions put in place for the Douglas Shire region. 

"We do have a greater supply in time particularly around cyclones and while this will will ease the need, unfortunately, we are still going through a particularly dry period like the rest of the region so we are still urging residents to adhere to our level two water restrictions," Mayor Leu said.  

 

 

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