Water strategy for the region
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.