The draft Bundaberg and Burnett Regional Water Assessment is open for public consultation, and the community is being encouraged to have their say on future water projects in the region.
The draft assessment sets out how existing infrastructure, new infrastructure and non-infrastructure solutions can help maximise water supply and drive economic growth.
Sunwater on behalf of the Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water, had undertaken months of detailed analysis and consultation, with significant input from experts and key stakeholders in the region.
The draft Bundaberg Burnett Regional Water Assessment identified future options to unlock more water in the region, including initiating business cases for Bundaberg Irrigation Network Capacity Upgrade, Cooranga Weir and Barlil Weir projects, and Jones Weir raising.
Queensland Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and Minister for Water Glenn Butcher said the Queensland Government had invested $5.2 billion in water infrastructure, creating 3,400 jobs across Queensland.
“In addition to the infrastructure we are delivering now, we are also undertaking the important planning work so that we can continue to deliver water security and growth into the future,” he said.
“The next important step is to hear the views of farmers, business owners and residents on the proposed options and what they think will best support future growth opportunities.”
Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith said water security was important for regional Queensland communities.
“It is critical for the growth of our towns, the strengthening of agricultural and horticultural advancement, and for greater industry development,” he said.
Sunwater has planned consultation activities across the region throughout October and early November 2023, as well as online forums and an interactive website where the public can view proposed options and have their say.
Public consultation details will be available on the Sunwater website, with feedback on the draft assessment sought by Thursday 2 November, 2023.
Once complete, the Bundaberg Burnett Regional Water Assessment will be considered by the Queensland Government.