Wa­ter back in Balonne res­i­dents’ hands

Balonne Beacon - - NEWS -

WA­TER man­age­ment and its al­lo­ca­tion in the Balonne has now been re­turned to St Ge­orge lo­cals.

Nat­u­ral Re­sources Min­is­ter Dr An­thony Lyn­ham said, fol­low­ing the for­mal trans­fer, ir­ri­ga­tors in St Ge­orge now owned and man­aged all wa­ter as­sets down­stream from their key wa­ter source – the EJ Beard­more Dam.

“This is an out­come of five years of con­sul­ta­tion and work be­tween St Ge­orge ir­ri­ga­tors and the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment and it means that St Ge­orge’s ir­ri­ga­tors now have full con­trol of their lo­cal chan­nel ir­ri­ga­tion scheme, in­clud­ing its pump sta­tions, chan­nels, 112km of pipe­line and weir in­fra­struc­ture,” Dr Lyn­ham said.

“The Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment now has trans­ferred own­er­ship and has sup­plied Mallawa Ir­ri­ga­tion with $5.1 mil­lion to op­er­ate St Ge­orge’s ir­ri­ga­tion chan­nels.

Mallawa Ir­ri­ga­tion Board chair­man Luke Stower said the trans­fer was the re­sult of St Ge­orge ir­ri­ga­tors vot­ing in favour of the wa­ter scheme’s lo­cal man­age­ment.

“The trans­fer means our ir­ri­ga­tors can now fo­cus on the fu­ture of the St Ge­orge scheme, take re­spon­si­bil­ity for its on­go­ing sus­tain­abil­ity, de­ter­mine the level of ser­vice re­quired and man­age our own costs at a level we can af­ford,” Mr Stower said.

The scheme com­prises 112 kilo­me­tres of pipe­lines and chan­nels be­tween the Balonne River and Buck­in­bah pump sta­tion.

PHOTO: FILE

WA­TER WISE: The EJ Beard­more Dam.

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