Water security on the agenda
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.”