Water strat­egy for the re­gion

Tablelands Advertiser - - LIFESTYLE -

CALLS for the pro­posed Nullinga Dam to in­crease water se­cu­rity on the Table­lands is not a cure-all so­lu­tion for the re­gion.

The Mareeba Dis­trict Fruit and Veg­etable Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (MDFVGA) and Tableland CANEGROWERS are ad­vo­cat­ing for not only the con­struc­tion of Nullinga Dam but the mod­erni­sa­tion of the Mareeba Dim­bu­lah Water Sup­ply Scheme and the con­struc­tion of a pipe to tun­nel water from North John­stone River near Ma­landa to Kenny Creek, a trib­u­tary of the Bar­ron River. They es­ti­mate an ad­di­tional 50,000 to 60,000 me­gal­itres of water could be di­verted to farms across the Mareeba Dim­bu­lah ir­ri­ga­tion area with up to 80,000 me­gal­itres for ex­pan­sion in the Dim­bu­lah area. MDFVGA pres­i­dent Joe Moro said re­cent me­dia spec­u­la­tion pin­ning the fu­ture of Table­lands agri­cul­ture to the con­struc­tion of Nullinga Dam needed to be broad­ened to in­clude the Mareeba Dim­bu­lah Water Sup­ply Scheme mod­erni­sa­tion and North John­stone River di­ver­sion. He said th­ese projects on their own would have a pos­i­tive im­pact on water sup­ply but by im­ple­ment­ing all three it will pro­vide bet­ter re­sults.

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