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Who would have thought that before we hit Christmas 2010 that our dams in South East Queensland would be overflowing to the point where we are now starting to panic about the possibility that any more rain will lead to flooding that we haven’t had to deal with since 1974. If it doesn’t rain again we have enough water for the next 7-10 years. Luckily for us we now have a desalination plant on the Gold Coast and a recycled water plant at Ipswich that will probably need replacing before they are ever set to operate at more than 40% of their capacity and a State Government that is absolutely determined that we still need another desalination plant on the Sunshine Coast sooner rather than later.
Whilst I am on the subject of water costs, you may or may not have noticed that nearly every senior executive of these newly created water entities has been given a $100,000 plus pay rise in their first 12 months of existence for being the leaders of a whole new division of bureaucracies because they have done such a great job so far. There is no secret to why these people are so confident in telling us that we will be paying a lot more for water in the next few years. We have to start paying for everything they have built that we aren’t using and they have had to employ a lot more people to do the same jobs that were getting done before.
There is a fairly strong argument being suggested that a change of government will see this whole water distribution model disbanded as a priority. It is not hard to see why. I may have misled people in a recent newsletter regarding the Coolum Touch Football Fields. It now appears that a deal has been done for Sundale Retirement Village to relocate the Touch football fields to behind the Coolum RSL with access off the David Low Way. As part of the deal the Touch Football Association will also be getting them to build a brand new clubhouse and amenities block. Sometimes it does pay to dig your heels in.
Nice work and a great result. We had an update from Council regarding the street scaping project for the Marcoola commercial precinct across from the highrise beachfront resorts. Work on Stage 1 is expected to commence in July 2011. This will involve construction of a roundabout at the corner of Rex Terrace (where Chemist Warehouse sits). Work on this will be completed well before the busy holiday period starts.
The second stage of work will start in July 2012 which will involve closing off Lexie Street (where Bendigo Bank sits) to create a village square. Opportunities for additional landscaping will be available during this time and we are still working on ways to widen footpaths etc to improve the whole amenity of the area. It has been a long time coming but we seem to be getting very close to finally seeing some action.