Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Plan promises to help drought-proof south-east Qld

By Jo Skinner, Thursday January 17, 2013 - 14:23 EDT

Queensland Water Minister Mark McArdle says he is impressed with a proposal to help drought and flood-proof south-east Queensland.

This morning, Mr McArdle met the three men who developed the plan.

Mary Valley grazier Ron McMah, John Hodgkinson and Trevor Herse want the wall of Borumba Dam raised to increase its capacity and a pipeline connected to Wivenhoe and Somerset dams.

Mr McArdle says on the surface the proposal looks viable but he wants engineering experts at Seqwater to examine it more thoroughly.

"They've done a lot of hard homework - they've understood the issues," Mr McArdle said.

"They've take the time to put together a very good document and also to propose a solution that could provide a long-term solution for south-east Queensland in mitigating flood and also assisting in drought situations."

Mr McMah says the trio has been trying to progress the proposal for years.

"We've been so disappointed over so many years and shoved from pillar to post," Mr McMah said.

"All we want out of this is an independent review.

"I'm really hopeful that the new Government - they look seriously at it and don't feel sort of endangered by laymen like the three of us coming up with the idea."

Mr McMah says the trio do not want anything out of the proposal but the Government would get more money for property they are trying to sell in the Mary Valley.

"The Mary [River] will have much more environmental flow in it, it'll be a much more constant flow and because of that the land values will increase," he said.

"People will want to live up in this valley near such a magnificent water capacity as what's going to be in that dam - the tourism, sports and new industry will be absolutely incredible.

"We just want the success - we know this idea will work."


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Frosty start to Tuesday

17:18 EST

Cold air, clear skies and light winds will cause widespread frost across multiple states and territories on Tuesday morning.

Did this cold snap break records?

12:27 EST

A pulse of wintry weather has sent shivers across southeastern Australia during the last few days.

Could Ord Valley hay be the solution to feed shortages in drought-stricken SE Australia?

06:21 EST

Could fodder grown in Western Australia's remote Ord River Irrigation Scheme be the solution to the feed shortage on drought-stricken farmland in South Eastern Australia? The sub-tropical climate and access to irrigation allows farmers in the Ord to produce significant tonnages of Rhodes Grass hay for the local cattle industry, yields up to 30 tonnes per hectare a year.