QFF con­cerned over wa­ter sup­ply and ir­ri­ga­tion is­sues

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE | RURAL -

QUEENS­LAND Farm­ers Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Stu­art Ar­mitage has re­leased a state­ment re­gard­ing the huge im­por­tance of wa­ter in these try­ing times.

“If there is one is­sue that unites Queens­land’s agri­cul­ture in­dus­tries, it’s wa­ter,” Mr Ar­mitage said.

“Liv­ing on the sec­ond dri­est con­ti­nent on Earth af­ter Antarc­tica has made Aus­tralia one of the high­est per capita con­sumers of wa­ter in the world.

“It’s un­sur­pris­ing that wa­ter is the cat­a­lyst that often makes or breaks our sec­tor’s fu­ture.”

Mr Ar­mitage made a point of high­light­ing some of the is­sues sur­round­ing wa­ter.

“Farm­ers are aware that there are still large ar­eas ad­join­ing ir­ri­ga­tion re­gions where the take of wa­ter is not reg­u­lated,” Mr Ar­mitage said.

“There is a grow­ing con­cern that the growth in de­mand for wa­ter in these ar­eas will im­pact neg­a­tively on the avail­abil­ity of wa­ter for ir­ri­ga­tion en­ti­tle­ments.

“Users with un-metered al­lo­ca­tions are oper­at­ing in a grey area that is com­pro­mis­ing the in­tegrity and re­li­a­bil­ity of neigh­bour­ing en­ti­tle­ments.”

Mr Ar­mitage said the QFF was par­tic­u­larly con­cerned life­style prop­er­ties, peri-ur­ban de­vel­op­ments and non-com­pli­ant ir­ri­ga­tion use are hav­ing a heavy im­pact on lo­calised ir­ri­ga­tion wa­ter sup­plies.

“Wa­ter se­cu­rity and re­li­a­bil­ity of cur­rent al­lo­ca­tions is a ma­jor is­sue for all of Queens­land’s agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries,” Mr Ar­mitage said.

“We need cer­tainty that wa­ter will be there.”

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