Di­ver­sion pos­si­bil­ity

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS -

A $1 MIL­LION study will be con­ducted into the North John­stone River di­ver­sion.

The LNP Gov­ern­ment will in­vest the money into a crit­i­cal study into di­vert­ing flood­wa­ter from the North John­stone River to Ti­na­roo Dam.

LNP Can­di­date for Hill Mario Quagli­ata (pic­tured) said the study can­not be done if LNP is not voted into gov­ern­ment.

“This can’t go on – only an LNP Gov­ern­ment will in­vest $1 mil­lion to in­ves­ti­gate the op­tion of wa­ter di­ver­sion to boost agri­cul­ture pro­duc­tion, jobs and ex­port op­por­tu­ni­ties,” he said. LNP Leader Tim Ni­cholls said only the LNP’s Mario Quagli­ata will de­liver this project for the Hill com­mu­nity.

He said the study would form part of the LNP’s Roy­al­ties for the Re­gion Pro­gram.

“Our North John­stone River and Ti­na­roo Dam study is part of our plan to Build a Bet­ter Queens­land by Build­ing a Bet­ter Hill,” he said.

Ma­reeba Dimbulah Ir­ri­ga­tion Coun­cil chair­man Joe Moro said it was great that LNP had lis­tened to ir­ri­ga­tors con­cerns.

He said this would be just a study and does not mean the di­ver­sion will be built.

“We are strongly sup­port­ive of the di­ver­sion and time will tell what hap­pens,” he said.

Ma­reeba Dimbulah Ir­ri­ga­tion Coun­cil have a three part pro­posal to help wa­ter users in the re­gion how­ever that is not pos­si­ble with­out stud­ies. Mr Moro said he is for the study and find­ing out the im­pact of oth­ers fur­ther down stream if the project were to go ahead. Mario Quagli­ata and Sen­a­tor Barry O’Sul­li­van will be at­tend­ing a shed meet­ing at Is­abella’s Shed on 143 Beantree Road, Tolga, to­day to an­swer any ques­tions on this project or any ques­tions you may have in gen­eral.

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