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Council proactive in sinking additional Dalby bore in this year’s Budget

20 June 2018

Cr Peter Saxelby spokesperson for Utilities says relieving future pressure on the water supply is critical.

Cr Peter Saxelby spokesperson for Utilities says relieving future pressure on the water supply is critical.

Western Downs Regional Council has taken the proactive step in this year’s Budget of planning an additional bore to counteract the declining Condamine Alluvium.

Spokesperson for Utilities Councillor Peter Saxelby said the move was a proactive means to ensure the reliability of Dalby’s water supply.

“Water is such a critical resource to our communities and sinking an additional Great Artesian Basin bore will help us tap into a more consistent water source and relieve future pressure on Dalby’s water supply,” he said.

“This will also stand us in good stead for projected growth of the town and it’s a responsible move for our residents and the longevity of the region.”

The new bore will have an increased depth going from 85 metres to 1,000 metres and will be drilled through layers of alluvium, basalt rock and sandstone.

This depth is hoped to deliver a bore with capacity of 1 million litres per day, with water likely to require desalination.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said Council was taking a serious and proactive approach to water on the Western Downs.

“Water is an issue the community is concerned about and we’ve listened to our residents and taken the approach of long-term planning when it comes to water,” he said.

“Our residents want consistent, high quality water and we are committed to finding the best ways to deliver that.”

The project is expected to be completed by 2019 and has been allocated $1 million in Council’s Capital Works Budget.

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