Connors River Dam and Pipelines Project
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.
Project Approved Under EPBC ?
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
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: