Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS | OPINION -

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 Front up and re­vise the ROP now, it is ob­vi­ously out of date an un­re­al­is­tic.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

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