Of the thousands of growers in the Bundaberg Irrigation Scheme just 100 have completed a critically important survey to identify future water demand for Paradise Dam.
Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers (BFVG) managing director Bree Grima urged growers to complete the survey.
“If ever there was one survey that the growers in this region need to fill out, this is it,” Bree said.
“If they’re sitting in their tractor and they’ve got the GPS guidance on that’s the time to jump on, fill it out.
“It takes around about half an hour but that’s the most important 30 minutes that they will have.”
“This information will be fed into the reports and then that’s essentially going to be determining what happens with that dam,” Bree said.
“We need that dam returned to full supply level.”
Grower survey responses needed
Bundaberg Regional Council executive director economic development and strategic projects Ben Artup said the grower survey results were concerning.
“We need all growers to fill that survey out now because the results will help build the case to secure water for our region,” Ben said.
“It’s critically important that that water is stored there and reserved for our region for the future so that when we grow that water is there, available for purchase, to underpin our economic security.
“If we don’t get that data the case that we need to restore Paradise Dam will be weaker.
“That will allow the State Government and Sunwater to argue that there’s no demand in Bundaberg for future water and then transfer the unsold water in Paradise Dam to other regions.”
He said the survey had only been released online which may have been a deterrent for some farmers.
“That’s why Council took the initiative to mail it out to 2500 letterboxes.
“We’re hoping in this last week of the survey while it’s open that growers will hear the message that they need to participate in this survey.”
Growers can take the survey online here or contact Council’s economic development team on 1300 883 699 to request a hardcopy.