KAP ir­ri­ga­tion scheme makes good sense

The Morning Bulletin - - OPINION -

I READ with in­ter­est the KAP project on the up­per Bur­dekin River re­cently. Bob Kat­ter wants fed­eral fund­ing to es­tab­lish what is known as the Up­per Bur­dekin Ir­ri­ga­tion Scheme to ir­ri­gate the vast plains of the north-west in or­der to grow sugar cane to pro­duce ethanol as an ad­di­tion to Aus­tralian petrol in or­der to em­u­late Brazil and lower our car­bon foot­print with re­gards to emis­sions.

E10 is a more ef­fi­cient burn­ing fuel but sadly only Queens­land has man­dated it be­cause of our abun­dance of sugar cane farms. I sup­port any mea­sure in low­er­ing Aus­tralian emis­sions along­side the pro­posed hy­dro­elec­tric­ity power sta­tion to be es­tab­lished at the Bur­dekin Falls Dam site, and if this pro­posal which in­cludes the Hells Gate dam can pro­ceed it all goes well for north Queens­land de­vel­op­ment, and of course pros­per­ity and em­ploy­ment.

Shaun New­man Townsville

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