DEAD IN THE WATER
Funding for a feasibility study to provide a permanent water supply to the Coalstoun Lakes valley has been denied.
THE campaign slogan of the Coalstoun Lakes Irrigation Scheme is “just add water”.
In the recent National Water Infrastructure Development funding announcement, the Coalstoun Lakes area was overlooked, with funding being denied.
Chairman Garry Seabrook said feedback was wanted as to why the $3.56 million application missed out.
With its rich volcanic soils and farmers on the ground willing to take action immediately, the Coalstoun Lakes Development Group Inc feel the project is being overlooked.
The group was established to work co-operatively, develop, sustain and ensure feasibility of the area’s agricultural community.
Mr Seabrook said farmers had the capability to deliver long term economic, social and environmental outcomes that would ensure the long term viability of the region.
In recognition of the rural regeneration needed in the region, an application was prepared in partnership with the North Burnett Regional Council for further investigation into the provision of Coalstoun Lakes Irrigation Scheme.
This was to undertake investigations into the design of the irrigation scheme, dam site, social, cultural heritage, environmental and economic assessments.
NO WATER: The future for Coalstoun Lakes farmers continues to look bleak without a reliable water supply.