Gatton Star : 2020-06-24

NEWS : 14 : 14

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NEWS 14 WEDNESDAY JUNE 24 2020 GATTONSTAR.COM.AU Promise made to secure vital water LNP pledge to boost supply Cheerful Communitie­s If You’re Thinking Of Downsizing? Then We Suggest It’s Time To Inspect The Lockyer Valley’s Happiest ‘Over 50’s’ Residentia­l Community Select From Our Range of 7 Architect Designed 1 & 2 BR Homes (Plus Study’s) From Just $180,000 Community Centre No Council Rates/ Stamp Duty/exit Fees ACTION: LNP Leader Deb Frecklingt­on and Member for Lockyer Jim Mcdonald. Retain 100% Capital Gain If You Sell. NATHAN GREAVES “The LNP is committed to getting Queensland working again and unlocking water across the states,” Ms Frecklingt­on said. “As well as maximising the potential from existing infrastruc­ture, a future LNP Government will support the New Bradfield Scheme – the largest water infrastruc­ture project ever built in Queensland.” The New Bradfield project intends to create Queensland’s biggest dam, along with a hydro-electric plant capable of powering 800,000 homes. “It will hold as much water as 28 Sydney Harbours and allow an area larger than Tasmania to be irrigated in outback Queensland,” Ms Frecklingt­on said. “Building new dams and improving productivi­ty from existing water infrastruc­ture are central to my plan to get Queensland working again, because I know that water means jobs.” Four other new dam projects are also in the LNP’S sights, including the Nullinga Dam, Rookwood Weir, Urannah Dam, Emu Swamp Dam and raising the Burdekin Falls Dam. a business case for 50,000ML of new water later this year. “A priority for an incoming LNP Government would be investigat­ing immediate and certain options to give the Lockyer Valley and Somerset Irrigators the water security they need,” Ms Frecklingt­on said. “While we support the collaborat­ive’s business case for recycled water for agricultur­e, we believe that other water security solutions are available and if we win government the LNP is committed to unlocking more water.” Among her promises is a plan to conduct a statewide water audit, which includes Wivenhoe Dam, which will allow for a review of the current government policy that water in Wivenhoe and other assets is only used for the urban water supply. “This means an LNP government will make the 50,000ML of water available annually from the Wivenhoe Dam storage on condition that the urban supply is not impacted,” she said. Water for irrigation would not be provided if the SEQ water grid’s capacity falls below 60 per cent – the current level is 64.2 per cent. Govt. Assistance To Eligible Purchasers nathan.greaves@gattonstar.com.au MEMBERS of the LNP have pledged to investigat­e immediate and certain water security options for Lockyer Valley and Somerset irrigators, if the LNP wins the next state election. Leader Deb Frecklingt­on said the LNP’S plan would include making water available for irrigation from Wivenhoe Dam’s storage. Her statement was made in response to a briefing set out by the Lockyer Valley and Somerset Water Collaborat­ive, which she and LNP Member for Lockyer Jim Mcdonald attended. “I first met these irrigators five years ago and I cannot believe they have been forced to fight for more water for so long,” Ms Frecklingt­on said. “Jim Mcdonald and I remain committed to water security for Lockyer Valley and Somerset irrigators. These are our people and they feed much of Australia and the world.” She thanked the Lockyer Valley and Somerset councils, and local irrigators and industry groups for their hard work with the collaborat­ive, which is set to complete On Site Management Just $3,000 Community Centre / Courtesy Bus Deposit Secures Your Site Design, & Complete While You Sale Of Existing Your Home! Pet Friendly/fully Fenced Sites Friendly Secure Community Caravans & RV’S Welcome Inspect by Appointmen­t Call 0438610094 Now More stories by Nathan Greaves. Laeta Living Laidley 25 Campbell Street, Laidley QLD 4341 www.laetalivin­g.com | sales@laetalivin­g.com

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