Is the sewerage at Airlie Beach adequate? Just what gets past the treatment at the Whitsunday sewerage plant at Cannonvale and out into Pioneer Bay and the Great Barrier Reef? Should we still refer to the marker at the western side of Pioneer Bay as The Stink Pole? Will the multiple sewerage pump stations along the foreshore at Airlie Beach continue to emit noxious fumes from time to time?
Stage four of the sewerage upgrades in Airlie Beach commenced in July 2009. A 375mm pipe is to be installed from Central Lagoon car park to Broadwater Avenue. Shopping will be disrupted for several weeks in August.
The new pumping system will eventually involve a large sewer pump at Port of Airlie, moving sewerage between Port of Airlie Marina and Cannonvale State School. Everyone involved hopes this modern sewerage system will be cleaner, and eliminate the present foul smells that occur from time to time. One interesting question will be just how much noise will a pumping station make at Port of Airlie?
Whitsunday Regional Council have cancelled sewerage plants planned for Bowen, Cannonvale and Proserpine. With already troubling debts, Whitsunday Council blame the 2011 scraping of the 40% water and sewerage subsidies by the state Labor government. Local government in Queensland is responsible for water and sewerage, which is probably the only reason it is not as big a mess as hospitals and policing that State Labor governments are responsible for. Council propose higher rates and $5000 per block higher development charges.
Where the Rainforest meets the Sea, until the developers arrived, and the golden sand comes in dump trucks.