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Public meetings for future water demand

THE Lockyer Valley & Somerset Water Collaborative is calling on all agriculture and industry water users in the region to learn about the New Water Demand Study now to improve their water security...

Published: 20th January 2020

THE Lockyer Valley & Somerset Water Collaborative is calling on all agriculture and industry water users in the region to learn about the New Water Demand Study now to improve their water security in the future.

Public information meetings will be held at the end of January and start of February in the Lockyer Valley and Somerset regions, facilitated by consultants Jacobs Australia, so that irrigators and businesses can assess the opportunities and benefits for them under the New Water project.

Funding for this project has been provided by the Queensland Government Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, through the $30 million Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program.

This program assists councils with their strategic planning for infrastructure priorities and develop business cases for projects that will boost economic growth and jobs.

Lockyer Valley & Somerset Water Collaborative chairperson Stephen Robertson said getting the demand study right was absolutely vital so a detailed business case could be prepared that justified bringing new water into the Lower, Central and Upper Lockyer region.

Any agricultural landholders with dry blocks should also attend a public meeting to assess if the project has availability for their prospects for future production.  

“These expressions of interest are non-binding and will go a long way in determining likely volumes and price points, and clusters of water users which could help in reducing capital project costs,” Mr Robertson said.

Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Tanya Milligan said engagement with water users in these public information meetings may be the key factor in building drought resilience for the region into the future.

“We know there are farmers, business and sports field managers that would benefit from the security of accessing additional water through droughts, but unless they register their interest and likely quantities needed, they won’t be included in the business case and may not get another opportunity,” Mayor Milligan said.

Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the overall project had a great chance of being funded and built in the near future if water users got involved now.

“This is not a pie-in-the-sky dream or simply another report, this is what it takes to give our regions the security they need to continue to provide high quality food and fodder and sustainable communities well into the future,” Mayor Lehmann said.

To find out more information and to register for an information session near you visit https://lvandswatercollaborative.com.au/ or contact the collaborative on 5462 0354.

 

Public information sessions:

  • 29 January from 3.30pm to 5pm at SEQWater, Atkinson Dam, and 6.30pm to 8pm at Mulgowie Public Hall.
  • 30 January from 3.30pm to 5pm at Ma Ma Creek Hall and 6.30pm to 8pm at Glenore Grove Hall.
  • 3 February from 3.30pm to 5pm at Helidon RSL and 6.30pm to 8pm at Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre.
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