Prom­ises of new dams a good start

Central and North Rural Weekly - - NEWS -

❝ac­cess Re­li­able to more wa­ter is a cru­cial in­gre­di­ent... — Kim Brem­ner

AGFORCE has wel­comed the LNP’s com­mit­ment to in­vest in new wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture projects across cen­tral and north Queens­land, de­scrib­ing the move as a “sig­nif­i­cant step for­ward for agri­cul­ture and the state’s econ­omy” if im­ple­mented.

AgForce wa­ter spokesman Kim Brem­ner said well-planned in­vest­ment in wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture al­ways paid off in the long term and he was pleased to see the LNP out­line sup­port for a se­ries of pri­or­ity projects that could ben­e­fit ur­ban, in­dus­trial and agri­cul­tural users across re­gional Queens­land.

“Re­li­able ac­cess to more wa­ter is a cru­cial in­gre­di­ent for our agri­cul­tural sec­tor to grow in the fu­ture and a num­ber of th­ese wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture projects could ben­e­fit farm­ers,” he said.

“The Rook­wood Weir could de­liver ben­e­fits for beef pro­duc­ers and po­ten­tial op­por­tu­ni­ties for ir­ri­gated farm­ing and feed­lots in Cen­tral Queens­land, but we need more in­for­ma­tion as the project de­vel­ops, in­clud­ing the likely avail­abil­ity and price of wa­ter for agri­cul­ture.”

Mr Brem­ner also wel­comed the LNP’s com­mit­ment to fund fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies and set up the Queens­land Dam Com­pany to drive the re­gional Queens­land wa­ter projects, some of which had been on the draw­ing board for decades.

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