The Tamborine Mountain state school has run out of water, even as water miners in the Gold Coast hinterland are sending millions of litres to commercial bottling operations.
Trucks sent by the Queensland government carrying emergency supplies to the school, including Mount Tamborine bottled water, have been passing trucks heading in the opposite direction taking local water to bottling plants for beverage giants such as Coca-Cola.
The school remains open but parents have been advised by teachers to consider keeping their children at home.
Water miners in the Mount Tamborine area supply roughly 130m litres of water each year to commercial bottling operations. Now the local bores are running dry.
“I was staggered,” one local resident, Craig Peters, told Guardian Australia. “It was more or less the final straw for me. The school’s bore is 50 metres deep and has never ever had these issues before.”
“We had an award ceremony at the school yesterday and earlier in the day [the school] sent out an SMS about the water situation.
“At the conclusion of that ceremony they said give serious consideration to not sending kids to school for the rest of the week because of the lack of water.