Last chance for Lockyer Irrigators to have their say on Moreton Water Plan Meeting

Irrigators are urged to have their say on the Moreton Water Plan at a water users meeting on 19 March. Picture: CANVA

Local growers have less than a week to settle contributions to a final local submission on the future of water for agriculture as part of a new Moreton Water Plan.

Its the deadline set by Lockyer Irrigators for the consideration of inclusions prior to the lodgement of their joint submission.

Lockyer Water Users Forum is calling on all irrigators to attend the Gatton Shire Hall at 6pm on 19 March to adopt or amend the submission, which is due at the end of the month.

Irrigators from the Lockyer and Lower Lockyer met at the Gatton Shire Hall on Wednesday 29 November 2023 to hear a presentation from Gary Jenson of the Queensland Government.

They also agreed on a plan of action in response to the review of the Morton Water Plan by the State Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and Water Glenn Butcher.

The scope of the review would have serious impacts on the Lockyer Valley if it was adopted in full.

The agreed outcome was to form a working group of 20 irrigators from across the Lockyer and Lower Lockyer and to engage Tom Vanderbyl, principal of Badu Advisory.

The irrigator working group has met twice, resulting in a draft submission being prepared under the direction of Tom.

The final submission has to be submitted at the end of this month and the draft is ready to be presented to all irrigators across the Lockyer Valley for final comment and acceptance.

On Tuesday 19 March from 6pm to 9pm at the Gatton Shire Hall, 52 North Street Gatton, there is an irrigator meeting to review and adopt/amend the final Morton Water Plan Submission by Lockyer irrigators one last time prior to lodgement.

It is important all irrigators attend, especially those from Lower Lockyer who tend to be under represented, so make the drive to Gatton.

Greg Banff from Lower Lockyer urged all irrigators to attend the meeting

“We don’t want a situation in the future where irrigators complain they never knew,” he said.

“This is the last and final chance to have their input.

“Don’t be complacent.”

The recommendations in the submission will impact the future water strategy the Queensland State Government adopts in its dealings and future regulation of water for agriculture in the Lockyer and Lower Lockyer.

You need to attend this meeting to have your say and make sure your issues have been addressed and captured in the submission.

GORDON VAN DER EST

LOCKYER WATER USERS FORUM