Council in secret talks over water

THE future of the Stanthorpe urban water supply has been discussed by councillors again this week, but in a confidential meeting.

Mayor Ron Bellingham was at a conference yesterday and unable to be contacted by the Daily News to discuss the topic, however councillors moved a motion to receive a report on the issue after the confidential briefing on Tuesday.

The Daily News understands the councillors will revisit the issue shortly. They will need to decide on one of five proposed options to substitute the urban water supply in Stanthorpe.

These include a weir and off-stream storage at Petries Crossing on the Severn River and the Emu Swamp Dam, which is expected to cost tens of millions of dollars.

The agenda for the general meeting simply said the reason for confidentiality was that public discussion of the issue may be likely to “prejudice the interests of the local government or someone else”.

Councillors are able to discuss an issue confidentially under the Local Government act if it is deemed to do the above, or enable a person to gain a financial advantage.

The Daily News will keep abreast of the Stanthorpe urban water issue and give an update as soon as possible.



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