Farmers paying water allocations get zero

Bjelke-Peterson Dam is currently sitting at 5.7 per cent available water, which is reserved for the nearby towns


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Barker-Barambah Irrigator Advisory Committee chairman Stuart Nicholson with LNP leader and Nanango MP Deb Frecklington.

Barker-Barambah Irrigator Advisory Committee chairman Stuart Nicholson with LNP leader and Nanango MP Deb Frecklington.

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Irrigators have had restricted allocations now for the past two years and it is currently still on zero allocation.

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The drought has created a situation where farmers are paying fees on their water licenses while they are receiving none of their water allocation.

The Bjelke-Peterson Dam is currently sitting at 5.7 per cent available water, which is reserved for the towns of Wondai, Murgon, and Cherbourg.

For irrigators who have allocations, there is a two part agreement whereby Part A irrigators pay even it they are not drawing water, and Part B is to pay for the water they use.

Nanango MP and LNP leader Deb Frecklington recently met representatives from the Barker-Barambah Irrigators Advisory Committee at Bjelke-Petersen Dam to discuss the situation.

Barker-Barambah Irrigator Advisory Committee chairman Stuart Nicholson said it was okay for Part A irrigators to pay for short periods of restrictions, but it was a heavy burden to pay during the drought with zero allocation lasting long periods.

"Irrigators have had restricted allocations now for the past two years and it is currently still on zero allocation," he said.

Ms Frecklington said there were 160 irrigators who rely on the Barker-Barambah irrigation scheme and they are all paying for water they are no longer receiving.

"I've also met with producers at Atkinson Dam who are in the same situation," Ms Frecklington said .

"It's unacceptable that irrigators are expected to continue paying for water when they have no ability to grow the crops they need to help pay the water bills. I've written to Minister Mark Lynham asking him to waive Part A during periods of zero allocation, however, he has outright refused to consider this request.

"Given that both the Barker-Barambah and Lockyer irrigators have (previously) been extended waivers for Part A during periods of zero allocation it seems reasonable to implement a waiver straight away.

"Farmers are paying money to the Queensland Government for nothing in return."

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