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Queensland

In response to a request for submissions by the Queensland Water Commission a detailed outline proposal was submitted in September 2007.

It provides for the conveyance of 100,000 Tonnes (100 ML) of water per day on average, to be sourced from the Ross river near Townsville and subsequent conveyance to an onshore reservoir near Brisbane.

The proposal highlighted the potential benefits in regard to substantial capital and operational cost savings in comparison to other water supply options and the prevention of the emission of harmful greenhouse gasses.

The strength of the prevailing East Australian Current, which runs in southerly direction at an annual average of at least 2 km per hour, substantially reduces towage time and, as a consequence, renders a significant reduction in cost per KL of water conveyed.

The proposed towage route is shown below: