Public meeting

Update: the new date for this meeting is Tuesday 13 April.

If you have registered for the original date you will be contacted after Easter to see if you would like to attend on April 13.

If there are any spaces we have a few people who expressed interest in attending after the meeting had reached capacity. Again, if you did this, we will contact you directly to offer a place for the new date.

If you’d like to attend a meeting and didn’t register for the first one and haven’t yet told us you’re interested in attending, please email engagement@rrc.qld.gov.au or call Customer Service with your details. 

There is more information about the change to the meeting date here.

Update: this meeting has been postponed. 

We were all set up and ready to go, and had 200 masks on hand, but unfortunately due to the developing situation in Brisbane and confirmation that an individual infected with the highly infectious UK strain of COVID-19 spent three days in Central Queensland last week, tonight’s meeting will need to be postponed. We understand that this is a very important meeting and we have not taken this decision lightly. It is based on advice we have received from Queensland Health and our commitment to keeping our community safe. You will have seen news reports from other countries that did not err on the side of caution and continue to face lockdowns, high hospital admissions, and huge disruptions to normal life. We do not want that to happen here. We will reschedule the meeting at the earliest opportunity, as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime you can call us at any time on 4932 9000, and our www.rrc.qld.gov.au/mountmorganwater will continue to be updated with all the latest information. Visit Queensland’s Health website for all COVID-19 related updates. Our commitment to finding a solution for the long term water security of Mount Morgan has not changed, and we will continue to work with you towards this goal. We have emailed all those who registered and will be trying to reach people by phone too.

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A public meeting will be held on Monday March 29 at the Mount Morgan School of Arts. Due to COVID restrictions there will be around 150 seats available. You will need to register in advance to secure your spot. Registration closes at 9am on Friday 26 March. If these places fill up we will organise another meeting to make sure that anybody who wants to can attend. We are using the School of Arts so there is seating and so we can present information on a large screen.

At the meeting we will share details of the tanker trial and outline brief information about the options for the long term water security of Mount Morgan. This will be an opportunity to learn a little more about them and ask any questions you may have.

Mayor Williams, Cr Kirkland, Cr Rutherford and Dr Jason Plumb (Manager of Fitzroy River Water), as well as other members of the council leadership, will attend.

The meeting will take place on Monday March 29 at the Mount Morgan School of Arts from 6.30pm to 8.15pm, with food available from 6pm.

You can register by filling out the form below, calling 4932 9000 or popping into the Mount Morgan Customer Service Centre. 

You must not attend this event if you have COVID-19 symptoms. Stay at home if unwell or have a cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath. You must maintain social distancing requirements as per the Queensland Health directive. If you become unwell at the event please speak to a member of Rockhampton Regional Council staff. 

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Rockhampton Region Mayor Tony Williams said:

“We know there is a lot of concern and questions in the Mount Morgan community, and we want to talk to people face to face about the water supply.

“I want to acknowledge the understandable frustration amongst residents; it is without doubt a very challenging time. We hear that but are also keen to look to the future and explore the different options for better long term water security for the area.

“COVID restrictions mean people will need to register in advance but if this meeting gets full we will organise another one, so that anybody who wants to can attend.”

Water and Supporting a Better Environment Councillor Donna Kirkland said the meeting would cover a few things.

“We will be giving an update on the tanker trial, and will also outline brief information about the options for the long term water security of Mount Morgan.

“Lots of residents will have heard different options being mentioned, but may never have had the chance to learn about them in a bit more detail and be able to ask questions about them directly to us.

“I also want to reiterate that we will absolutely ensure all residents continue to have access to safe drinking water, even if that means trucking an emergency supply up from Gracemere.”

Divisional Councillor Cherie Rutherford said all residents were being written to directly.

“All the details are on our website but we are also sending information directly to every home in Mount Morgan to make sure nobody is left out.

“When you register you’ll be asked if there are any questions you’d like to discuss on the night; please take the time to fill this in as it will help shape the meeting.

“We understand how heartbreaking it has been to watch the dam level fall as each week passes, and that the promised rain has not eventuated. We also acknowledge the impact water restrictions have had on the community.

“We look forward to working together to achieve a sustainable solution for the long term water security of Mount Morgan.”

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