Burdekin benefits from $1.5m water management funding

Burdekin Shire Mayor Bill Lowis today welcomed the State Government’s $1.5 million funding toward the management of groundwater in the Burdekin region.

Cr Lowis and Deputy Mayor Ross Lewis were at Stockham’s farm on the Upper Haughton when Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps announced the funding.

“This funding has come our way partly as a result of a submission made through Burdekin Water Futures at last year’s Community Cabinet meeting, which identified groundwater issues within the Burdekin irrigation area,” he said.

“We often refer to our water as liquid gold and this will certainly help maintain this valuable resource in our region.

“If we look after our water supply and promote sustainable agricultural practice, we will ensure a bright future for agriculture in the Burdekin.”

Cr Lowis said Burdekin Canegrowers would, as project manager, work with irrigators to install bores to manage water table depth in the Burdekin.

“Canegrowers also will be on hand to advise farmers on best practice on-farm water management,” he said.

Cr Lowis urged Burdekin irrigators to take part in this project. Anyone interested should contact the project manager Canegrowers on 4783 1144.

The Minister announced the funding as part of the four-year Rural Water Use Efficiency for Irrigation Futures program to promote productive and responsible on-farm water management in the irrigated agriculture sector.

For further information on the Rural Water Use Efficiency for Irrigation Futures program go to www.dnrm.qld.gov.au

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