Premier Peter Beattie and his Deputy Premier Anna Bligh are whining in concert that the Federal Government is not doing enough to assist drought-stricken Queenslanders.
Within the last ten years the Queensland Govt. stood by and let Cubbie Station trap river flows at the border with NSW up to a scale of 600 GL per year (MDBC), about equal to the annual water consumption in Sydney.
But Hey !!, the Premier should have a cuppa and a lie down because later this year as the election draws near, the Federal Govt. will throw money at Qld. faster than he can count.
Last Update: Saturday, March 10, 2007. 4:36pm (AEDT)
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Beattie urges co-operation on water
The Queensland Premier has called on state and federal governments to put bickering aside and work together on the growing water crisis.
Level five water restrictions will take affect in south-east Queensland in April, with domestic water bills expected to rise by 147 per cent by 2012, even though car washing will be banned and further cut-backs to bucket watering will be introduced.
State Premier Peter Beattie says water affordability now relies on co-operation between all levels of government.
“We are not going to hide the fact that there is going to be price rises in water,” he said. “But we want contributions from the councils.
“We also want contributions from the Federal Government to try and keep it at a minimum and of course we’ll make a contribution as well.”
Bligh takes aim
Meanwhile Queensland’s Deputy Premier Anna Bligh has criticised the Federal Government for not doing enough to assist drought-stricken Queenslanders.
She has called on the Prime Minister to offer financial support.
“The national water fund was a $2 billion initiative for the whole country. We are yet to see Queensland’s share of that,” she said.
“Queensland has applied for $408 million and Kevin Rudd has committed that money if he becomes Prime Minister. Today it’s time for John Howard to commit.”
With a month for south-east Queenslanders to get used to the idea of the tough restrictions, the public relations campaign has been stepped up.
The Water Commission’s taken out a full-page advertisement in the Courier Mail outlining what level five restrictions will entail.
That includes the requirement that people use less water at home by taking four-minute showers.
The Government is reportedly spending $4 million on the public education campaign
Level five restrictions are set to start on April 10.