Water security flowing with $2 million study for Burnett
SOUTH Burnett Regional Council will explain what a $2 million study on water security in the area will look like.
Agriculturalists and industry leaders are invited to a community meeting on Thursday November 29 from 1pm to 3pm at the Town Common Hall on Oliver Bond St, Kingaroy.
At the council's general meeting on Wednesday, November 21, mayor Keith Campbell said the study was a dream come true for the South Burnett.
"It's another small step, but it's in the right direction,” he said.
The Federal Government has committed $2 million for a feasibility study to investigate options for new infrastructure to increase water supply and security in the North and South Burnett.
Agriculture and water resources minister David Littleproud said water means wealth and jobs in the regions.
"As a former rural bank manager, I know the value of a megalitre of water to a rural community,” he said.
"We're proud to be delivering water and wealth to rural communities.”
Infrastructure, transport and regional development minister Michael McCormack said the study announcement formed part of a historic expansion of the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund, of more than $500 million.
Water is the life-blood of regional communities and this historic injection of funds will be a game changer for many communities.
"The $2 million we are committing for the Burnett regions feasibility study further demonstrates that we are getting on with the job of supporting communities to work with the States and Territories and Federal Government, to identify, plan and build new water infrastructure,” he said.
Flynn member Ken O'Dowd said the outcomes from the feasibility study will help drive economic and social growth in regional Queensland.
"The feasibility study is great news for farmers in the region as it will examine a range of options and identify solutions to increase water supply,” he said.
"We have also provided nearly $25 million for 15 feasibility studies to identify potential new water infrastructure projects that could increase water supply and security for farmers, businesses and communities in Queensland.”