12 August, 2020
North Johnstone Transfer One Step Closer
After years of lobbying for the North Johnstone Transfer project Member for Hill Shane Knuth has finally received an encouraging response.
In parliament on Wednesday, August 18 Mr Knuth asked Minister for Natural Resources Anthony Lynham if the Government would commit to the construction of the North Johnstone Transfer.
“Over the years, there has been massive horticulture expansions on the Tablelands and when Tinaroo Dam was first constructed plans were put in place for the North Johnstone Transfer to give the region another water source once it had out grown the dams capacity,” Mr Knuth said.
“That time is now. Farmers are screaming for more water.
“The North Johnstone Transfer will provide a much quicker and faster approach to water security at an affordable cost of construction.
“The project would transfer water via a pipeline from the upper North Johnstone River into the Barron River and then into Tinaroo Dam.
“Water would be harvested only during flooding and provide a much-needed boost to farmers.”
Mr Knuth pointed out that having an extra water source, other than Tinaroo Dam, would also benefit recreational users.
“We have seen in the past when the dam gets down to 30 per cent that recreational users, farmers and the community are all affected,” he said.