Member for Gregory Lachlan Millar is pleased to see an additional $8 million committed by the Federal Government today, to the continuation of Great Artesian Basin infrastructure upgrades for two years to 2018-19.
“I made several representations to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce, alongside Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud, urging the Federal Government to make a long-term funding commitment to the Great Artesian Basin Sustainability Initiative,” Mr Millar said.
“I am delighted to see funding announced today, which will ensure essential piping and capping works in the Great Artesian Basin can continue when the current round four of funding ceases on June 30, 2017.
“The continuation of capping and piping works is crucial to maintaining the integrity of the Great Artesian Basin and ensuring the sustainability of agricultural production in Western Queensland.
“I would like to see the current funding arrangements upheld, with requires equal contributions from the Federal Government, State Government and landholders.
“I am calling on the Minister for State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Anthony Lynham to match the Federal Government’s $8 million commitment.
“Water is a precious resource - it is important the Palaszczuk Labor Government recognise the significant environmental benefits the GABSI has provided and make a further financial contribution towards the future security of the Great Artesian Basin.
“A large portion of the GABSI works program has taken place in the Gregory Electorate, bringing stability to the local job market, not only by upskilling workers, but also by providing opportunities for these workers and their families to live and work in rural and regional communities.”