Water back in Balonne residents’ hands
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.
WATER WISE: The EJ Beardmore Dam.