Changes sought on Tinaroo water flow
THE state’s leading farming body will ask the Department of Natural Resources and Mines to make minor changes to thresholds that trigger environmental flows from Lake Tinaroo.
A Queensland Farmers Federation spokesman said water planning should balance water entitlements for irrigation and environmental needs over a range of flow conditions.
“We are aware that irrigators want the thresholds that trigger the release of environmental flows lifted to save a small amount of water in the dam for irrigation needs in the early part of the new season,” a spokesman said.
“QFF will ask the Department to take action to preserve limited stored water by making a small adjustment of the environmental flow thresholds.”
“However, we know from previous experience that DNRM will be reluctant to change environmental conditions defined in SunWater’s operations licence to comply with the statutory conditions of the Barron water resource plan and resource operations plan.”
Drought-stricken farmers who use the Mareeba-Dimbulah Irrigation Scheme slammed the environmental flows as “bizarre” and “ridiculous”.
The State Government ruled out making any changes until a feasibility study into the Nullinga Dam is released later this year. Lake Tinaroo has now dropped to below 46.5 per cent capacity.