Council gears up for water fight

A 4000ML water allowance won't be removed from the Granite Belt without a fight, with the local council writing to ministers and vowing to take further steps if necessary.

There were rumours a Granite Belt winemaker had been employed by council to lobby the State Government over the water allocation.

Council yesterday said no such lobbyist had been appointed but “it could be an option”.

The removal of the allocation was recommended in a Queensland Government submission to the Windsor Inquiry into allocation cuts under the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

Five thousand megalitres of water were originally granted to the Granite Belt under the Water Resource Border Rivers Plan 2003.

In September 2008, the State Government announced that 500ML of that unallocated irrigators' water was to be gifted to the Federal Environmental Water Holder.

This left 4500ML of water which is yet to be allocated to a local project as council continues to explore viable water storage options.

The State Government suggested to the Windsor Inquiry that another 3500ML be gifted on top of the earlier 500ML, making a total of 4000ML taken from the Granite Belt.



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