MP blasts water licence approval

LOCAL MP Lawrence Springborg has called on the Minister for Natural Resources to release all the material his department has relied on in granting a new water licence to Cherrabah Resort.

“There is justifiable concern that this new underground water licence, for taking up to 500 million litres of water over the next 10 years, will severely impact on local water users,” Mr Springborg said.

“These concerns are even more real when you consider that there has been a ban on any new water allocation for irrigators in the upper Condamine area since 1996, supposedly because of previous over-allocations.

“Additionally the proposed development is only 13 kilometres from the community of Dalveen, with many of its locals also relying on underground water for their needs.

Mr Springborg asked the Minister if Cherrabah had been treated like every other irrigator or developer in the granting of the licence, and if he could guarantee the allocation would not adversely impact the community.

Mr Springborg has also written to the Minister calling for the release of all consultants’ reports and departmental communication which his department has relied upon to approve this licence.

“This information must be released in good time to allow the dozens of people who objected to the application time to properly prepare their case for a review of this decision,” he said.

“If the Government gets this wrong there will be long-term implications for local jobs and industry as well as a seri- ous impact on our community and the sustainability of our long-term watersupplies.”



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