Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Lungfish Won't Stop Pipe Plan

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Lungfish Won't Stop Pipe Plan

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Byline: ZANE JACKSON zane.jackson@qt.com.au

THE discovery of lungfish larvae in a dam in the Ipswich region will not render a $2 billion recycled water pipeline useless according to authorities.

Seqwater and State Government officials confirmed lungfish Co a rare species whose vulnerability was a factor in the scrapping of the Traveston Dam project Co had been found in the Wivenhoe Dam.

Concerns were raised that using the pipeline would adversely affect the lungfish, rendering it useless under federal laws protecting the fish.

But Natural Resources Minister Stephen Robertson said the pipeline would be able to be used in the future without harming the rare species.

"Evidence of healthy, breeding lungfish in the state's waterways is very good news and the result of the government's proactive water management and research practices," Mr Robertson said.

"There is no evidence that purified recycled water has any impact whatsoever on lungfish or any other species in the dam. …

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