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    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Anthony Lynham

    Locals have their say on water plan

    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Anthony Lynham

    Monday, August 24, 2015

    Locals have their say on water plan

    Locals are encouraged to provide feedback on proposed water changes to boost farming in the North.

    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham today announced consultation on proposed amendments to the Burdekin Water Plan.

    The plan covers an area upstream of the Burdekin Falls Dam from Greenvale in the north, west to Charters Towers and south to Alpha.

    Dr Lynham said the amendments proposed allowing farmers to trade their water entitlements to better manage their farms.

    “These changes will better define water entitlements and establish tradeable water allocations between operators,” he said.

    “Water trading will allow farmers to sell surplus water supplies to other operators who require more water.

    “Currently there is no framework to enable water trading in the Upper Burdekin.

    “The goal is to provide farmers and miners with a water supply that is economically beneficial and environmentally sustainable.”

    Dr Lynham said water demand was growing and it was important to allow for economic development without adversely affecting upstream water users.

    “It’s important we allow access to enough water to support new operations and encourage growth,” he said.

    “The first and most important step in this process is to speak with the local community to address any concerns they have about the use of their water.

    “Decisions about the allocation and management of water will be supported by the best available water resource science.”

    Dr Lynham said DNRM was also working with other government agencies on a Catchment Development Project for the Lower Burdekin.

    “The Lower Burdekin project will establish how we can better use water infrastructure and resources to boost agriculture and generate jobs in the Lower Burdekin, North Queensland’s ‘food bowl’,” he said.

    Information sessions about the Burdekin will be held on:

    • 6:30 - 8:30pm , 7 September

    Arthur Titley Centre, Charters Towers

    • 9:30 - 11:30am, 8 September

    Belyando Tennis Courts, Belyando Crossing

    To register your interest in attending:

    Submissions can be made by 5.00pm , 12 October:

    • by post Patrick Huber

          Department Natural Resources and Mines

    PO Box 156, Mareeba Qld 4880

     

    [ENDS]                     24 August, 2015

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