The Queensland Government and the Gold Coast City Council have just signed-off on a deal to build a desalination plant – the first for Queensland.
It is expected to be completed by the end of November2008 and provide 125 megalitres a day. That’s a substantial 46 gigalitres a year.
This is perhaps the first significant water infrastructure project for south east Queensland to be approved since the Wivenhoe Dam which was completed in 1985?
I mention some of the history of water infrastructure development for this region in a piece I wrote for the Courier- Mail published yesterday. I also suggested the desalination plant be fast-tracked.