Water Journal : Water Journal April 2014
16 CrossCurrent Queensland Emergency aid and funding is being made available to another 15 shires after 79 per cent of Queensland was declared in drought, the largest area ever recorded. Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry John McVeigh added the southern Queensland Shires of Banana, Bundaberg, Cherbourg, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Goondiwindi, Gympie, Moreton Bay, Noosa, North Burnett, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Western Downs to the list of drought-stricken areas. Also included are partial declarations for further areas of Central Highlands and Woorabinda. More Queenslanders will get support to resolve energy and water disputes after the Queensland Government announced a review of the role of the Queensland Energy and Water Ombudsman. Energy and Water Supply Minister, Mark McArdle, said the review would consider expanding the scope of customer complaints the ombudsman could investigate. Major project work in Queensland is forecast to contract nearly 50 per cent over the next two years to a trough of $9.5 billion according to a new industry report. The steep decline will be felt hardest in the resources sector with a 45 per cent decline in work expected. Water and sewerage projects and the workforce demand there is anticipated to decline sharply. Burdekin irrigators will bene t from improved irrigation technology and water management thanks to a $1.5 million investment from the Queensland Government. Queensland Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Andrew Cripps, said the funding would boost the adoption of new technologies by irrigators and maximise the performance of existing irrigation equipment. The Great Barrier Reef will bene t from a new online tool that gathers information on water quality in the Marine Park, making this information publicly available for the rst time. eReefs Project Board Chair, Dr John Schubert AO, said the release of the Marine Water Quality Dashboard represented a signi cant step forward in the publication of a range of water quality indicators in near real-time, with broad-ranging applications. The Australian Greens are alarmed by reports that Coca-Cola Amatil is extracting thousands of litres of groundwater, which is draining water from the creeks, streams and waterfalls of Springbrook National Park. "This is a precious World Heritage Area and big business is reportedly being allowed to suck it dry for private pro t," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said. "We welcome the investigation by Gold Coast City Council into whether Coke is complying with its water extraction conditions. If the existing Council conditions can't protect the waters of Springbrook they are utterly insuf cient, and should be strengthened so that Coke can't continue to suck dry the water resources which feed this World Heritage Area." BINTECH SYSTEMS WATER SOLUTIONS TOLL FREE 1300 363 163 email@example.com www.bintech.com.au • ULTRASONIC TRANSMITTERS AND CONTROLLERS • POINT LEVEL SWITCHES • MAGNETIC LEVEL GAUGES • SLUDGE LEVEL SYSTEMS • WIRELESS SYSTEMS LEVEL SYSTEMS • MAGNETIC FLOW METERS • ULTRASONIC METERS -TRANSIT TIME / DOPPLER • OPEN CHANNEL • CUSTOM SPOOL SYSTEMS FLOW METERS • BIOFILM ANALYSER • RESIDUAL CHLORINE • DISSOLVED OZONE • DISSOLVED OXYGEN • TURBIDITY NEW CRONOS ECONOMY ANALYTICAL CONTROLLERS • SUSPENDED SOLIDS • PH/ORP • CONDUCTIVITY • FLUORIDE ANALYTICAL CONTROLLERS NEW!
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