On the surface I can’t see a downside to the proposal.
It makes senses and is likely to be more reliable than wind or solar power.
If it improves and increases the reliability of water for this region it makes even more sense.
The proposal reinforces my calls to raise the Borumba Dam wall to increase water security for our region.
In December I again asked the Minister a question in the parliament about raising the Borumba Dam wall.*
In February we were warned that Gympie could run out of water within a decade if nothing is done.
Given that this has been on the table since 2017, and a pre-feasibility study has been given to the government we need to see the results.
Instead of learning about it in media reports the government should be more forthright and open with us.
Then at least interested parties can be aware of what’s possible in the future.
*QUESTION ON NOTICE No. 1201 asked on 3 December 2020
MR A PERRETT ASKED THE MINISTER FOR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND MANUFACTURING AND MINSTER FOR WATER (HON G BUTCHER)— QUESTION:
With reference to water security in the Gympie region— Will the Minister advise what the plans are to raise the Borumba dam, including time frame?
Gympie Regional Council (the council) is responsible for water security within its council area.
The council holds a water entitlement from Borumba Dam to supply Gympie town.
Seqwater will continue to liaise with council regarding opportunities for increased supply.
While the water allocation from Borumba Dam to supply Gympie is not part of the South East Queensland Water Grid, raising Borumba Dam is one of several options identified by Seqwater for investigation as a potential additional supply to South East Queensland.
All viable options will continue to be assessed as Seqwater develops the next version of the Water Security Program anticipated to be released in 2022