Water se­cu­rity on the agenda

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

NORTH Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil met with fed­eral gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Gayndah on Mon­day to dis­cuss water al­lo­ca­tion.

Wide Bay–Bur­nett Re­gional Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Coun­cils will lead a new project which aims to in­crease in­fra­struc­ture and water se­cu­rity, par­tic­u­larly for farm­ers on the Boyne River.

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Flynn Ken O’Dowd said the project should boost in­dus­tries in the area.

“Some peo­ple will ac­tu­ally dou­ble their crops if we can give them the water they want,” he said.

Mr O’Dowd said Mon­day’s meet­ing in­cluded a dis­cus­sion about lo­cat­ing funds for the project.

“We’re not just look­ing at the North Bur­nett or South Bur­nett, we’re look­ing at both,” he said.

Water will be al­lo­cated from both Boon­dooma Dam and Par­adise Dam, which has un­al­lo­cated water.

“We’re look­ing at where that un­al­lo­cated water should go and where it can be best used,” he said.

Mr O’Dowd said it was im­por­tant for the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to place an em­pha­sis on agri­cul­ture.

“We can see big­ger re­turns in the fu­ture with our free trade agree­ments with Asian coun­tries.”

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