May­ors hail moves to re­lease ir­ri­ga­tion wa­ter

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

IN­LAND may­ors have wel­comed a State Gov­ern­ment move to in­crease ir­ri­ga­tion wa­ter al­lo­ca­tions from the Gil­bert and Flin­ders rivers.

Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Mines Min­is­ter Dr Anthony Lyn­ham yes­ter­day an­nounced that a com­bined 92,500 me­gal­itres would be made avail­able from both rivers in late Au­gust.

Rich­mond Mayor John Whar­ton said there was no in­di­ca­tion as yet about how much the Gov­ern­ment in­tended charg­ing for the wa­ter.

Cr Whar­ton ( right) also said he would have pre­ferred 92,500 me­gal­itres from each of the rivers. “We’ve got land­hold­ers who missed out on the pre­vi­ous al­lo­ca­tions and who can take 10,000 to 20,000 me­gal­itres,” he said.

Etheridge Shire Coun­cil Mayor War­ren Devlin said he was happy with the al­lo­ca­tion and that his coun­cil was work- ing on a Tas­ma­nian- based ir­ri­ga­tion model that would even­tu­ally see 40,000ha of land avail­able for ir­ri­ga­tion.

He said the plan in­volved in- stream and an off- stream stor­age on the Gil­bert River.

AgForce wa­ter spokesman Kim Brem­mer said the al­lo­ca­tions was a pos­i­tive step to un­lock­ing the “enor­mous po­ten­tial for ir­ri­gated agri­cul­ture” in the north­west.


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