INEPT LABOR PALASZCUK GOVERNMENT
Once again we the people of the north are subjected to bad decisions by Southern Bureaucrats and the Labor Palaszcuk state government. This time it`s the release of some 300 megalitres per day from the Tinaroo dam for environmental reasons. Records indicate that the Barron River would run dry on some years before the Tinaroo Dam was constructed. If the Southern Bureaucrats and the Southern Pollies needed a plausible reason for the release of such water they could say it was for the Barron Gorge Power Station which incidentally only operates during peak hours of electricity usage.
All that said it is just another kick in the guts for our hard working farmers in the Tinaroo Irrigation Area, after being on reduced allocation allowances now for sometime. To add further hardship farmers are compelled to pay $45 per megalitre for every megalitre in their allocation allowance whether DNR can supply their allocation or not under the disguise of the cost of running the irrigation scheme. How would you like to go to the fuel station and pay for 100 litres of fuel but only receive your allocation of 60 litres?
The Regional Operation Plan (ROP) which DNR operates in accordance with, needs a through and proper overhaul to meet the realistic needs of all stake holders. The water in Tinaroo Dam, or should I say the water that is not in Tinaroo Dam is an over allocated resource. The struggling inept Labor Palaszcuk government needs to front up and consider the damage it is doing to the confidence of all stakeholders, the lack of productivity from our rural sector and the compounding financial implications that reverberate right through the community from the primary producer, employees and all businesses in Mareeba and surrounds. Front up and revise the ROP now, it is obviously out of date an unrealistic.
Gordon Rasmussen, KAP candidate for the state seat of Cook