Water study funds confirmed
BURNETT businesses and farmers will be joining forces to ensure reliable access to water in the future.
The Federal Government has granted $2 million towards a water feasibility study across the North and South Burnett council areas.
More than 40 irrigation specialists, business owners, farmers and council representatives shared their ideas at the meeting on November 29.
South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell said it was confirmed the funding was secure during his visit with the council CEO Mark Pitt to Canberra.
“We want this region to grow, we have to be able to have a lot more security in terms of water and certainly when it comes to business development,” he said.
Wide Bay Burnett regional water coordinator Steve Brown said the feasibility study was important for the Burnett.
“We have to do these studies because when you’re asking the Federal or State Government for funding, you’ve got to have the numbers behind you,” he said.
“There’s the need, there’s spare water on our doorstep and we’ve got the money to actually do some proper studies to look at that and that’s up to you guys to put some ideas forward.”
The meeting discussed the potential use of nearby key assets such as the Gordonbrook Dam, Boondoomba Dam or Paradise Dam, as well as putting linkages between dams and investing in weirs.
“Half of the state’s unutilised water sits in Paradise,” Mr Brown said.
“Weirs to hold up the flow and give a bit more time for irrigators to access water.”
WATER IN FOCUS: Wide Bay Burnett water coordinator Steve Brown addresses the community meeting of agriculture and business representatives in Kingaroy.