Changes sought on Ti­na­roo wa­ter flow

Tablelands Advertiser - - LIFESTYLE - Tom Volling

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.

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