WATER: Minister for Natural Resources Anthony Lynham says water charges towards infrastructure has to be done whether water is available or not.
WATER: Minister for Natural Resources Anthony Lynham says water charges towards infrastructure has to be done whether water is available or not. Allan Reinikka ROK270519arookwoo

Water charges to remain 'whether water is available or not'

SEVERE drought conditions do not mean water charges cease to exist.

Natural Resources Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the maintenance of water infrastructure still needed to be funded.

"Part A charges help to maintain the water infrastructure, which has to be done whether water is available or not," he said.

"This ensures that the infrastructure remains in good condition and can supply water when it is available again."

This comes after Nanango MP Deb Frecklington and Natural Resources Shadow Minister Dale Last called for the Part A fees to be waived to assist drought-affected farmers.

Drought conditions have reached a point that has seen places like the South Burnett's Barker-Barambah Water Supply Scheme reduce water allocation to 0 per cent for medium-priority customers like irrigators and farmers.

Dr Lynham said the State Government would continue to subsidise these schemes in 2019-20 to show their support to those struggling with the drought.

"In total in 2018-19 the Queensland Government provided more than $4 million in subsidies towards Part A chargesin various schemes across Queensland," he said.

"Part B is based on water taken, so if no water is used there is no cost for Part B."

The Queensland Government is not considering policy changes to Part A charges.