Queensland Democrat Senator Andrew Bartlett welcomed State Liberal Leader, Bruce Flegg’s support for recycling for domestic use and called on the Beattie government to fast-track recycling initiatives.
"I am pleased that Mr Flegg has finally seen the light on recycling. We don’t need to wait for a referendum to decide the issue," Senator Bartlett said.
"Any further delay in implementing full recycling means that our rapidly dwindling water supply will be placed under unnecessary strain while we wait for the government to decide that it will use the recycling infrastructure currently under development for domestic purposes.
"The ability to adopt full recycling is there now, all it needs it the political courage to implement it.
"I remain very concerned that as our dam capacity is set to dip below 25% the Premier still looks on recycling as the second best option after dams.
"A recent Local Government Association survey indicated strong public support for recycling; there is increasing political support for the initiative and it doesn’t look like we are going to get drought breaking rains anytime soon.
"We can’t wait for ‘Armageddon’ before we adopt this option – by then it will be far too late.
"The Premier needs to bite the bullet and use the billions of dollars earmarked for the economically risky and destructive dam options to fast track recycling facilities for domestic use now," Senator Bartlett concluded.