Re­gion’s biggest prob­lems

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

WATER, road safety, flood mit­i­ga­tion and mon­i­tor­ing in­fra­struc­ture projects are just a few of the wishes Lock­yer Val­ley Re­gional Coun­cil wants from the next federal gov­ern­ment.

In a state­ment to the Gat­ton Star, the coun­cil listed ad­di­tional water as the first is­sue on the list.

“Given the im­por­tance of the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try to our re­gion, in­creased water se­cu­rity is fun­da­men­tal to re­gional eco­nomic devel­op­ment,” the state­ment read.

“Ad­di­tional water to the re­gion will en­hance pro­duc­tiv­ity, em­ploy­ment and broader com­mu­nity ben­e­fits.”

With a business case con­sid­er­ing how to best de­liver ad­di­tional water to the re­gion in progress, the coun­cil was aware of the role the fu­ture gov­ern­ment would play.

“It is an­tic­i­pated that a pos­i­tive de­tailed business case will lead to the need for fund­ing from the Na­tional Water In­fra­struc­ture Devel­op­ment Fund,” the state­ment read.

“Ac­cord­ingly, de­ci­sion­mak­ers at a federal level will need to be sup­port­ive of an an­tic­i­pated ap­pli­ca­tion for fund­ing un­der the NWIDF.”

War­rego High­way safety and con­nec­tiv­ity was the next con­cern of the coun­cil.

“Sev­eral key in­ter­sec­tions in the Lock­yer Val­ley are con­sid­ered safety risks and com­mit­ment is sought for fu­ture high­way plan­ning and grade sepa­ra­tion so­lu­tions within the re­gion,” the state­ment read.

The third is­sue on the list was flood mit­i­ga­tion and re­silience.

The coun­cil called on the federal gov­ern­ment to help with fund­ing to en­sure the flood re­silience of the com­mu­nity.

Mon­i­tor­ing the Aus­tralian Rail Track Cor­po­ra­tion In­land Rail Project and the Southeast Queens­land City Deal were the fi­nal two agen­das on the wish­list.

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