Media Release 19/02/2019
Coalstoun Lakes Development Group (CLDG ) has been pushing for irrigation water for many years. Many travellers passing through the area have seen the “Just Add Water” campaign or heard about it in the media.
The recent announcement by Federal Member for Flynn Mr Ken O’Dowd and Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Michael McCormack to grant $1million to support the investigation of water infrastructure projects in the North Burnett is an exciting development for CLDG.
CLDG President Mr Steve Marshall said today that “We are very excited to have our water ideas finally recognised in this grant and are confident that the benefits could flow through to neighbouring communities in the area.”
Around 110,000 megalitres or half of the State’s uncommitted water is in Paradise Dam and could support urban supplies and an expansion of cane, peanuts, avocadoes and other irrigation crops.
He continues to state “Our proposal is based on a pumped hydro development to offset pumping costs with the aim of delivering water for both agricultural and urban users at an economical cost. Combined with our areas perfect soils, this water could also bring a lot of employment to the local area in both the construction phase and following completion.”
North Burnett Regional Council under Mayor Rachel Chambers’ leadership has played a pivotal role in accessing these funds to support the CLDG and the Boyne Irrigators proposals.”
Mr Marshall goes on to state that “While this grant is not the final piece in the jigsaw, it is the next step in getting our project to the next phase which will focus on securing the substantial private-sector investment to justify the necessary public-sector partnering. We are in early discussions with several private sector investors to get our project rolling.”
“With the discussions around Paradise Dam Improvement Plan underway, it is important for all the region’s opportunities to be considered.
Anyone interested in our proposal can get more information from our new website (www.coalstounlakes.org) or contact Steve Marshall, Chairman CLDG 0427 275 191
Garry Seabrook, Vice- Chairman 0499 089 909, Ben Rackemann , Treasurer 0409324596
Terry Staib, Member 0427 752 406 or Kerry Dove, Member 0427 412 751
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