Water woes

Balonne Beacon - - NEWS | WELCOME -

BARN­ABY Joyce and the De­part­ment of Ag and Water re­leased last week the de­com­mis­sion­ing and re­moval of struc­tures with the pur­chase of water from Ki­aOra, Say­ing this would cre­ate flood mit­i­ga­tion for the town of St Ge­orge.

St Ge­orge is also ex­pected to reap flood mit­i­ga­tion ben­e­fits from the deal, as the seller is re­quired to de­com­mis­sion and mod­ify struc­tures on the prop­erty, at their own cost.

Mr Lit­tleproud un­der­stood they were push­ing flood­wa­ters back in the di­rec­tion of St Ge­orge and the changes would al­low water to get away quicker, while still be­ing avail­able for ir­ri­ga­tors to pump.

The Coun­cil were quick to be vo­cal about the dev­as­ta­tion and feel­ings of be­trayal and dis­ap­point­ment re­gard­ing the water pur­chase, but silent on the flood mit­i­ga­tion ben­e­fits, telling me on their Face­book page they felt it in­ap­pro­pri­ate to say any­thing of the flood mit­i­ga­tion and re­moval of these struc­tures un­til they had more in­for­ma­tion re river changes.

The Deputy Prime Min­is­ter, Min­is­ter for Ag and Water, Mr Barn­aby Joyce along with David Lit­tleproud our fed­eral rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Mara­noa thought it ap­pro­pri­ate to tell the pub­lic of the deal and en­su­ing ben­e­fits, BUT the Balonne Shire Coun­cil thought it in­ap­pro­pri­ate ..... I re­ally ques­tion that!

If there was to be an in­signif­i­cant amount of ben­e­fit for flood mit­i­ga­tion the Gov­ern­ment would never have pub­licly re­leased it, so there­fore the dif­fer­ence the re­moval of these struc­tures makes must be worth men­tion­ing.

Does this new ben­e­fit of flood mit­i­ga­tion see home in­sur­ance pre­mi­ums be­ing low­ered?

I have con­tacted Sun­corp In­sur­ance re­gard­ing this. I was told im­prove­ments such as this would be fac­tored into pre­mi­ums in the fu­ture ...... time to call your In­surer! — Kylie Kilroy

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