There’s still time to have your voice heard

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

MEM­BER for Lock­yer Jim Mc­don­ald MP is call­ing on all busi­ness own­ers to write a sub­mis­sion op­pos­ing the Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources, Mines and En­ergy’s pro­posed amend­ments to the Cen­tral Lock­yer Wa­ter Sup­ply Scheme.

“The wa­ter en­ti­tle­ments pro­posed in th­ese amend­ments will crip­ple our farm­ers,” Mr Mc­don­ald said.

“Un­der th­ese en­ti­tle­ments many of our re­gion’s farm­ers won’t be able to grow a sin­gle crop. That’ll mean a slash in pro­duc­tiv­ity and the loss of hun­dreds of jobs, not just on farms but also in the busi­nesses that di­rectly sup­port our farm­ers.

“It’s a mas­sive hit for our com­mu­nity and its econ­omy and we must not stop fight­ing un­til the com­mu­nity gets a fair go.”

Sub­mis­sions were ini­tially due by Jan­uary 18 but Mr Mc­don­ald said a par­tial ex­ten­sion to this dead­line has been se­cured.

“It was clear that this orig­i­nal dead­line sim­ply didn’t give most peo­ple time to com­plete their sub­mis­sions, es­pe­cially with how busy peo­ple are over Christ­mas and the New Year.

“In light of this, we’ve fought to se­cure a two week ex­ten­sion to the dead­line so now any­one in writ­ing a sub­mis­sion has to pro­vide the Depart­ment with a com­pleted sub­mis­sion form cov­er­sheet by Jan­uary 18, with an as­sur­ance that a fi­nalised sub­mis­sion will be pro­vided prior to Fe­bru­ary 4.”

Busi­ness own­ers look­ing to make a sub­mis­sion can do so on­line or by sub­mit­ting a pa­per sub­mis­sion.

The links for the on­line sub­mis­sion and pa­per form can be found at www.dnrme.qld.gov.au while printed forms can also be col­lected from the Lock­yer Elec­torate Of­fice in Gat­ton.

Mr Mc­don­ald urged any­one look­ing for a hand with their sub­mis­sion to con­tact his of­fice.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

KEEP FIGHT­ING: Mem­ber for Lock­yer Jim Mc­don­ald MP meets with Ja­son Gor­don and Danny Granzien own­ers of Lock­yer Farm Ma­chin­ery to dis­cuss their sub­mis­sion.

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