Public to get their say on Connors River Dam

05 Feb 2010

Investigations into the Connors River Dam and Pipelines Project will reach a major milestone tomorrow, with the Coordinator General’s release of the project’s environmental impact statement (EIS).

The release of the EIS enables the general public an opportunity to find out more about the 373,000 megalitre dam and provides an avenue for people to make submissions for consideration by the Coordinator General at the Department of Infrastructure and Planning (DIP).

The Coordinator-General will consider all properly made submissions to determine if additional information about the EIS or the project is required. Once satisfied, the Coordinator General will refer the EIS to the Federal Government for approval.

SunWater Project Manager Sean Fleming said this was a significant milestone in the project’s approvals phase and he looked forward to further progress after the EIS’s six week public comment period.

“SunWater believes this dam and pipeline project can deliver positive benefits for the region including a share in the more $800 million that will be required to build the dam and pipeline,” Mr Fleming said.

“Our investigations have also identified a major boost to employment with up to 570 workers required during the construction period. If constructed, this dam will deliver up to 50,000 megalitres of water security each year for a variety of water users in the region,” he said.

Mr Fleming said SunWater had carried out an extensive community consultation program since commencing its project investigation and the EIS public comment period formed an important part of the organisation’s ongoing community engagement.

“We’ve already gathered a great deal of positive project feedback through our public information sessions and discussions with members of our community liaison group and through negotiations with potential customers.

“I encourage members of the public to take time to look through the project’s EIS to gain a greater understanding of the benefits the project can deliver to the region,” he said.

Mr Fleming said the public had a period of six weeks to make a submission regarding the project.

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