A water plan for Whitsunday region was released in Proserpine on Tuesday 2 September 2008 by Craig Wallace, Minister for Natural Resources and Water, and Jan Jarrat, the local State member. Members of the community are invited to submit comments.
Whitsunday Times reports on water levels in the Peter Faust dam outside Proserpine in the Whitsunday shire. The dam was built for flood control in late 1990, and has only reached more than 60% capacity four times. March 1991, March 1994, March 2001, and April 2002. Back in March 1991, just after Cyclone Joy, it reached its highest ever level, 98.8%, close to its maximum capacity of 491,000 megalitres.
Peter Faust dam had a record low of 10.7% in January 2007, when it held 52,815 megalitres. The 2008 rainy season brought it to over 64% towards the end of February.
Whitsunday Regional Council have cancelled water treatment plants planned for Bowen, 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. 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.