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Connors River Dam and Pipelines Project


Project Approved Under EPBC ?

The Connors River, the only remaining ‘wild’ river in the Fitzroy Basin is to be damned(sic) for the sake of the sulphurous, low grade, steaming coal ,mega-mines in the Galilee Basin. The Connors, a small tributary drains the moist coastal ranges near Sarina, providing the Fitzroy’s most reliable post dry season flush.

Federal Environment Minister Burke approved the project under the EPBC Act on 19 April 2012. The approval comes with sixteen conditions demonstrating the expected harm to the river and surrounding ecosystem. At risk are the habitats of the endemic Fitzroy River Turtle Rheodytes leucops, Squatter Pigeon (Southern) Gheophaps scripta scripta, Brigalow communities and groundwater. The conditions mainly involve the development of management plans and reporting. 

CCC wrote to Minister Burke urging him to consider the potential impact on the vulnerable Fitzroy River Turtle [link to letter] CCC has a pending Right To Information Request to ascertain the extent of knowledge and studies into population and demographics of the Turtle. [Ref:  http://wetlandinfo.derm.qld.gov.au/wetlands/factsfigures/FloraAndFauna/Species/rheodytes-leukops.html ]
The Queensland Coordinator-General conditions and recommendations can be read at: http://projects.industry.qld.gov.au

Background

In December 2006, the Queensland Government released the Central Queensland Regional Water Supply Strategy (CQRWSS), outlining a range of strategies to help meet the region’s future water supply needs.
SunWater, a government owned corporation, is the designated proponent for the project for the feasibility investigations up to the development of a business case.
The dam is located on the Connors River near Mount Bridgett in the Isaac Regional Shire approximately 235 km north west of Rockhampton. The proposed dam will be of a roller compacted concrete construction and will include: