October 17, 2023
Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington says she is “extremely concerned” about the wastage of a large amount of water flowing from Kingaroy Hospital into stormwater drains.
Mrs Frecklington said she had been contacted by a local resident who shared concerns about the water, which she believes has been flowing into nearby Venman Street for at least twelve months.
“It is quite extraordinary to see so much water going to waste. It is flowing into Venman Street, and then on to the South Burnett Rail Trail, where it has become a complete mess,” she said.
Mrs Frecklington wrote to Queensland Health Minister Shannon Fentiman seeking an answer about why so much water was being discharged by Kingaroy Hospital and what was being done to address the problem.
“They have admitted the water is from the hospital and comes from overflowing storage tanks,” she said.
Mrs Frecklington said the Minister claimed she couldn’t quantify how much water was being wasted.
“I think any wastage of water was unacceptable – especially given the current dry conditions the South Burnett is experiencing and the value regional people place on the best use of water resources,” Mrs Frecklington said.
“This has been going on for too long and while the Minister’s response acknowledges the problem and an investigation, I would hope they can find a much better use for the water as soon as possible.
“The new Kingaroy Hospital has been plagued with problems since it opened several years ago and it really is disappointing that this problem has not been addressed sooner.
“The residents of Venman Street are also rightly sick and tired of constant water in their gutters and the situation it is causing.”