Dams around Maranoa are running low, and without any Mother Nature intervention, we will be in serious trouble.
I have been travelling the electorate to listen to residents concerns about water. While there are many postions on the table, none of those will matter unless we get rain soon.
I had the opportunity to visit Leslie Dam to see just how low the water was. It was scary to see the water line around 5 meters below the flood gates.
The Stanthorpe Chamber of Commerce met with me to give me details surrounding the Emu Swamp Dam. While the business case is not out for the public consultation, the prospect of 12,000 ML of water supporting the farmers and residents of Stanthorpe is appealing.
It was comforting to know that 700 jobs would be created as a result of the dam, and further 250 jobs during construction. This would be a big boost for the area and would see the town through the next 10 years of growth.
Between now and the election I want to speak to lots of people about their opinions and suggestions for water security.
The question before those on the Granite Belt is do we build Emu Swamp Dam?
MEDIA CONTACT: Joel Richters 0408277060