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Kurnell Desalination Plant
Transcript of Kurnell Desalination Plant
About 800 people have rallied in Sydney's south to protest against the NSW Government's plans to build a $2 billion desalination plant at Kurnell.
The Premier, Bob Carr, announced the plan last week in a bid to solve Sydney's water shortage problem.
Mr Carr said the plant would convert sea water into 500 megalitres of drinkable fresh water each day.
Today's rally at Cronulla's Wanda Beach heard from a range of critics including NSW Opposition leader John Brogden, federal member Bruce Baird, local councillors and community spokespeople.
Mr Brogden told the rally a desalination plant would be a blight on Sydney.
"This is the wrong technology, it's the wrong plant and it's most certainly in the wrong place," he said.
"This solution will be a $200 million blight on Sydney that will haunt ... your children and your grandchildren for years to come."
Sutherland Shire Mayor Kevin Schreiber said the plant would destroy marine life and create a dead sea at Kurnell.
Mr Baird told the crowd Kurnell was the birthplace of modern Australia and should be celebrated and not destroyed.
He said the proposed plant would pump 750 million litres of hot concentrated brine into the ocean each day.
The State Government plans to begin building the plant by mid-2006 and for it to be operational by 2008 if the drought continues. How much water does the Kurnell Desalination plant provide to Sydney? The Kurnell desalination plant provides around 15% of sydneys drinking water. This may not sound like a lot, but 15% is 150 million litres of water.
Plus, if needed, the plant can be upgraded to provide 30% of Sydneys water, a whopping 300 million litres of water. Although, considering the amount of people that live in sydney, times the amount of water we use a day, thats not too much. How much did it cost to build the Kurnell Desalination plant? The costs of the kurnell desalination plant combined with any additions comes to 1.9 billion dollars. Most families were hit with a rise of 16.7 per cent this year. They will have to pay an extra 5 per cent from the middle of next year, a further 4 per cent from mid-2011 and another 2.6 per cent in 2012.
This will increase the annual water bill for most households to $804 a year from $615 in 2007-8. The Kurnell Desalination Plant
By Daniel.Anderson The End