Wa­ter study funds con­firmed

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.”

PHOTO: JES­SICA MC­GRATH

WA­TER IN FO­CUS: Wide Bay Bur­nett wa­ter co­or­di­na­tor Steve Brown ad­dresses the com­mu­nity meet­ing of agri­cul­ture and busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Kin­garoy.

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