Cloud seed­ing bid for wa­ter

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

THE Queens­land Gov­ern­ment says it will ex­plore cloud seed­ing in a des­per­ate bid to se­cure more wa­ter.

Pre­mier Peter Beat­tie said yes­ter­day he was al­lo­cat­ing $7.6 mil­lion to a four-year cloud seed­ing trial in the State’s south-east cor­ner dur­ing the spring-sum­mer pe­riod.

Mr Beat­tie said the study was paramount given Queens­land’s rain­fall had been in de­cline since 1990.

Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Wa­ter Min­is­ter Craig Wal­lace said the trial would suit Queens­land’s warm tem­per­a­ture, dif­fer­ing from cloud seed­ing tech­niques used in south­ern parts of Aus­tralia to en­hance wa­ter sup­plies for hy­dro-elec­tric power gen­er­a­tion.

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