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Water safety system earmarked for Rockhampton

By David Bell

Those who own real estate in Rockhampton may be interested to know that the Queensland government is planning to implement a water safety initiative in the region.

The whole of catchment water quality management system – similar to one in place for New South Wales' Hunter River – will ensure that the water is of the highest quality.

Rockhampton lies along the banks of the Fitzroy River and is the largest river catchment flowing to Australia's eastern coast

Queensland acting premier Jeff Seeney said the state's water is protected under the current administration.

"It [the water catchment system] will ensure the mining industry can operate as well as guaranteeing water quality in the whole catchment area," he explained.

He assured locals that the water quality in the catchment will maintain its standard or even improve.

Mr Seeney added: "We've made it clear from the get go that this program will be strictly monitored and regulated to ensure there are no impacts on water quality and ecosystem health."

The politician said member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne's recent claims of a compromise in the water quality are false and that locals have nothing be concerned about.

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