Community Meeting in Mount Morgan

Rockhampton Regional Council today confirmed a public meeting would take place in Mount Morgan on March 29 to discuss the community’s water supply.

Rockhampton Region Mayor Tony Williams said the meeting would be held at the Mount Morgan School of Arts.

“We know there is a lot of concern and questions in the Mount Morgan community, and we want to talk to people face to face about the water supply.

“I want to acknowledge the understandable frustration amongst residents; it is without doubt a very challenging time. We hear that but are also keen to look to the future and explore the different options for better long term water security for the area.

“COVID restrictions mean people will need to register in advance but if this meeting gets full we will organise another one, so that anybody who wants to can attend.”

Water and Supporting a Better Environment Councillor Donna Kirkland said the meeting would cover a few things.

“We will be giving an update on the tanker trial, and will also outline brief information about the options for the long term water security of Mount Morgan.

“Lots of residents will have heard different options being mentioned, but may never have had the chance to learn about them in a bit more detail and be able to ask questions about them directly to us.

“I also want to reiterate that we will absolutely ensure all residents continue to have access to safe drinking water, even if that means trucking an emergency supply up from Gracemere.”

Divisional Councillor Cherie Rutherford said all residents were being written to directly.

“All the details are on our website but we are also sending information directly to every home in Mount Morgan to make sure nobody is left out.

“When you register you’ll be asked if there are any questions you’d like to discuss on the night; please take the time to fill this in as it will help shape the meeting.

“We understand how heartbreaking it has been to watch the dam level fall as each week passes, and that the promised rain has not eventuated. We also acknowledge the impact water restrictions have had on the community.

“We look forward to working together to achieve a sustainable solution for the long term water security of Mount Morgan.”

The meeting will take place on Monday March 29 at Mount Morgan School of Arts between 6.30pm and 8pm. Food will be available from 6pm. Mayor Williams, Cr Kirkland, Cr Rutherford and Dr Jason Plumb (Manager of Fitzroy River Water), as well as other members of the council leadership, will attend. Due to COVID restrictions there will be around 150 seats available. You will need to register in advance to secure your spot. If these places fill up we will organise another meeting to make sure that anybody who wants to can attend. You can register online at www.rrc.qld.gov.au/mountmorganwater, call us on 4932 9000, or visit the Mount Morgan Customer Service Centre. Registration closes at 9am on Friday 26 March. When you register we will also ask if you have any particular questions or topics you’d like to be covered. We will use this information to help shape the meeting.

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