Busi­ness sup­ports ir­ri­ga­tors

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

EVEN be­fore last week’s com­mu­nity fo­rum, Michael Porter had heard all about the chal­lenges lo­cal farm­ers were fac­ing as a re­sult of pro­posed wa­ter al­lo­ca­tions.

The ho­tel man­ager had seen their stress first hand when they dropped in to Porters Plain­land Ho­tel for a meal.

“They thought they were go­ing to lose the abil­ity to grow the crops they cur­rently do,” he said.

It was the first wa­ter meet­ing Mr Porter had at­tended and he said the dis­cus­sion proved pos­i­tive.

“(Lock­yer Wa­ter Users Fo­rum) has been able to get the govern­ment to lis­ten,” he said.

“I think it’s very im­por­tant those types of de­ci­sions are made with all par­ties in­volved.”

He said it was im­per­a­tive

It’s a huge econ­omy not only for lo­cal work­ers but also the back­pack­ers that come to town — Michael Porter, pub­li­can

farm­ers had ac­cess to wa­ter to grow crops.

“You just know from a busi­nesses point of view what (wa­ter) is worth to the busi­ness in the re­gion to thrive and grow what they need to,” Mr Porter said.

“Es­pe­cially with the cur­rent weather sit­u­a­tion.”

Mr Porter was among the nu­mer­ous busi­ness own­ers who at­tended the meet­ing to help en­sure the con­tin­u­a­tion and growth of farm­ing in the Lock­yer Val­ley.

“It’s a huge econ­omy not only for lo­cal work­ers but also the back­pack­ers that come to town,” he said.

You can read the sub­mis­sion at https://lvands wa­ter­col­lab­o­ra­tive.com.au/ re­search. — Ali Kuchel

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