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Central and North Rural Weekly - - NEWS - DAVID THOM­SON Grow­com CEO

WE un­der­stand al­lo­cat­ing water vol­umes in the Lock­yer Val­ley is a com­plex mat­ter and one that un­de­ni­ably af­fects grow­ers, their pro­duc­tion and the wider com­mu­ni­ties they serve.

It’s a con­tentious but im­por­tant topic that can­not sim­ply be swept un­der the rug.

De­spite op­pos­ing view­points among the com­mu­nity on this is­sue, Grow­com recog­nises the all-im­por­tant pri­or­ity is to pro­tect Aus­tralia’s salad bowl and best rep­re­sent grow­ers’ in­ter­ests.

Re­cently, we joined the Queens­land Farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion in meet­ing with the Min­is­ter for Nat­u­ral Re­sources, Mines and En­ergy Dr An­thony Lyn­ham to ne­go­ti­ate an ex­ten­sion to the sub­mis­sion process for the draft More­ton Water Re­source Plan Amend­ment.

While sub­mis­sions are due by COB on Jan­uary 18, the de­part­ment has recog­nised it may take some in­di­vid­u­als more time to com­pile sup­port­ing in­for­ma­tion when mak­ing a sub­mis­sion.

Grow­com urges Lock­yer Val­ley grow­ers to make sub­mis­sions to the De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources, Mines and En­ergy (DNRME) on the draft More­ton Water Plan Amend­ment be­fore dead­line closes on Fri­day, Jan­uary 18, 2019 or risk los­ing vi­tal water al­lo­ca­tion.

Grow­ers who re­quire more time and re­sources to com­pile sup­ple­men­tary ma­te­rial can work with the de­part­ment to gather this in­for­ma­tion up un­til close of busi­ness Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 4, pro­vid­ing a sub­mis­sion is re­ceived be­fore Jan­uary 18.

Grow­com thanks Min­is­ter Lyn­ham and the DNRME for their com­mon-sense de­ci­sion in al­low­ing this grace pe­riod for in­for­ma­tion.

These sub­mis­sions are a cru­cial step in fill­ing data gaps and pro­vid­ing feed­back on the pro­posed al­lo­ca­tion vol­umes out­lined in the draft Water En­ti­tle­ment No­tice.

We en­cour­age grow­ers to in­clude any in­for­ma­tion about their his­tor­i­cal water use in their sub­mis­sions and not to ig­nore the dead­line.

The water plan amend­ment process is just the first step in a longer term plan­ning process to en­sure the on­go­ing vi­a­bil­ity and growth of the re­gion as a com­pet­i­tive agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion area. We will con­tinue to fight on be­half of our grow­ers and look for­ward to work­ing closely with Min­is­ter Lyn­ham to look into al­ter­na­tive water sources to main­tain the pro­duc­tiv­ity of

the re­gion in 2019.

Any­one who has not yet taken the op­por­tu­nity to talk with DNRME about their pro­posed water al­lo­ca­tion is en­cour­aged to call (07) 3330 4361 or make a sub­mis­sion at www.dnrme.qld.gov.au /land-water/ini­tia­tives /more­ton-con­sul­ta­tion

❝It’s a con­tentious but im­por­tant topic that can­not sim­ply be swept un­der the rug.

SALAD BOWL: Grow­com urges Lock­yer Val­ley grow­ers to make sub­mis­sions to the De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources, Mines and En­ergy (DNRME) on the draft More­ton Water Plan Amend­ment. PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

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