By Growcom CEO David Thomson
We understand that allocating water volumes in the Lockyer Valley is a complex matter and one that undeniably affects growers, their production and the wider communities they serve. It’s a contentious but important topic that cannot simply be swept under the rug.
Despite opposing viewpoints among the community on this issue, Growcom recognises the all-important priority is to protect Australia’s salad bowl and best represent growers’ interests.
Recently, we joined the Queensland Farmers’ Federation in meeting with the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Dr Anthony Lynham to negotiate an extension to the submission process for the draft Moreton Water Resource Plan Amendment.
While submissions are due by COB on January 18, the department has recognised it may take some individuals more time to compile supporting information when making a submission.
Growcom urges Lockyer Valley growers to make submissions to the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME) on the draft Moreton Water Plan Amendment before deadline closes on Friday January 18 or risk losing vital water allocation.
Growers who require more time and resources to compile supplementary material can work with the department to gather this information up until close of business Monday February 4, providing a submission is received before January 18.
Growcom thanks Mr Lynham and the DNRME for their common-sense decision in allowing this grace period for information. These submissions are a crucial step in filling data gaps and providing feedback on the proposed allocation volumes outlined in the draft Water Entitlement Notice.
We encourage growers to include any information about their historical water use in their submissions and not to ignore the deadline.
The water plan amendment process is just the first step in a longer term planning process to ensure the ongoing viability and growth of the region as a competitive agricultural production area.
We will continue to fight on behalf of our growers and look forward to working closely with Mr Lynham to look into alternative water sources to maintain the productivity of the region in 2019.
Anyone who has not yet taken the opportunity to talk with DNRME about their proposed water allocation is encouraged to call (07) 3330 4361 or make a submission at https://www.dnrme.qld.gov.au/land-water/initiatives/moreton-consultation