Meet­ings in the pipe­line to talk about wa­ter

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

MEET­INGS are in the pipe­line next month to dis­cuss wa­ter with a steer­ing com­mit­tee of Coalstoun Lakes farm­ers.

Mem­ber for Flynn Ken O’Dowd said Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Barn­aby Joyce had re­sponded pos­i­tively to the prospect of ir­ri­gat­ing Coalstoun Lakes fol­low­ing their meet­ing in Can­berra.

Mr O’Dowd, who is presently on the Troop Train trav­el­ling from Win­ton to Bris­bane, said the next step was to or­gan­ise a visit for him to sur­vey the area.

“My of­fice is work­ing with his of­fice on or­gan­is­ing that,” he said.

“I hope my par­lia­men­tary col­leagues, Mem­ber for Hin­kler Keith Pitt and Se­na­tor Barry O'Sul­li­van, will join me.

“But we are yet to sched­ule any of­fi­cial visit or make any firm ar­range­ments.”

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor Don Waugh and act­ing CEO David Wiskar were in Bris­bane this week meet­ing with var­i­ous de­part­ments, in­clud­ing Deputy Pre­mier and Min­is­ter for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Jackie Trad.

Farmer Garry Seabrook said “we’ve all got hopes and dreams of a wa­ter sup­ply for the area”.

“Un­til we get cost­ings we can’t get too ex­cited,” he said. “We are all busi­ness peo­ple so we need to do it sen­si­bly.”

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