DEAD IN THE WA­TER

Fund­ing for a fea­si­bil­ity study to pro­vide a per­ma­nent wa­ter sup­ply to the Coal­stoun Lakes val­ley has been de­nied.

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

NO WA­TER: The fu­ture for Coal­stoun Lakes farm­ers con­tin­ues to look bleak with­out a re­li­able wa­ter sup­ply.

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