Peak representative body for Queensland horticulture, Growcom has welcomed the Palaszczuk Government’s announcement over the weekend that it will contribute $13.6 million to building the Emu Swamp Dam on the Granite Belt.
Growcom CEO, David Thomson said, putting sunlight aside, that water was the most important input into the $2.8 billion Queensland horticulture industry and congratulated the Palaszczuk Government for their commitment to ensuring growers have access a secure water source.
“Growers on the Granite Belt have moved mountains to develop a water tight study of the Emu Swamp proposal while enduring the longest and most devastating droughts on record,” Mr Thomson said.
“Growcom continues to stand right behind local growing regions that do the heavy lifting in proving up viable projects.”
A number of other major horticultural regions across the State are also struggling with expensive and insecure water.
As such, Growcom also welcomed the Palaszczuk Government giving a green light to further assessments of the Hells Gates Dam north of Charters Towers, and their commitment to both the Rockwood Weir on the Fitzroy River near Rockhampton and the Urannah Dam on the Broken River west of Mackay.
But political point scoring continued to undermine progress.
“Water storages are absolutely essential infrastructure, not just for regional jobs and economies, but for ensuring we have healthy and fresh food sitting on the table in every Queensland home,” Mr Thomson said.
“Making sure the population has a safe and secure food supply is the very first responsibility of any government, and that responsibility starts with ensuring the right water infrastructure is in place.
“This shouldn’t be politicised. Water infrastructure is nothing like approving the Adani mine, widening the M1 between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, or the Cross River Rail.
“We urge both the Queensland and Australian governments to get together for the greater good, and agree to a long term plan for making the most of our precious fresh water resources.”