Queensland Minister for Energy and Water Supply Mark McArdle
Minister Engages Lockyer On Growth And Recreational Use Of Dams
Victor P Taffa
Growth in the Lockyer and improved recreational access to the region’s dams were discussed as Energy and Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle met Lockyer Valley Mayor, Cr. Steve Jones, and Local Member Ian Rickuss.
Mr. McArdle said the talks with Cr. Jones in Gatton focused on the region’s agricultural industry, while Mr. Rickuss MP hosted the Minister, highlighting the need for a review into recreational management of Lake Clarendon.
“The recreational use of dams is a big issue for Queenslanders who love the great outdoors and it’s important we get the balance right to protect water supply and our environment.” Mr. McArdle said.
“The input from locals like Cr. Jones and Mr. Rickuss is valuable to understanding the community’s development.”
“We must talk to local government and share our vision for industries like agriculture and tourism, which are powerful parts of the economy in Lockyer.”
Cr. Jones said that it was an exciting opportunity to discuss with the Minister the positive ideas the Lockyer Valley Regional Council has for the region.
“We have a real focus on growing and developing our local industries and I am pleased to continue that strong relationship with the Queensland Government.” Cr. Jones said.
Mr. Rickuss said it was useful to undertake inspections of Lake Dyer and Lake Clarendon to discuss the recreational management of these facilities.
“I welcome Seqwater’s review between now and 1 July 2013 to investigate how the dams can be better used for recreational purposes.” Mr. Rickuss said.
“We also talked about upgrading and improving the power supply in the Lockyer electorate.”
“The Newman Government is continuing to look at ways of managing costs and improving infrastructure.”
Mr. McArdle said he will continue to work with local Government representatives and local Members to achieve better outcomes for Queensland’s long term electricity and water supply needs.