South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell has asked for more water from Wivenhoe Dam.
South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell has asked for more water from Wivenhoe Dam. Tobi Loftus

Without more water jobs will dry up

THE South Burnett could be in line to receive more water from Wivenhoe Dam in the coming months.

The water would be used to support the Swickers Bacon Factory expansion.

Mayor Keith Campbell met with the Queensland Minister for State Development, Dr Anthony Lynham on Thursday, May 3 to discuss a potential transfer of up to 1000 megalitres.

This water would be piped to Tarong Power Station and would have the flow on affect of reducing how much water it takes from Boondooma Dam.

The impact would mean more water for Swickers which it will need when its new facilities comes on line.

Cr Campbell is also in negotiations with the state government to source additional water for Kingaroy and Nanango's urban supply.

However, this second allocation will happen at a later date.

Cr Campbell said the region needed more water if it wanted to bring more jobs to the region.

"We have no surplus water to accommodated new industries,” he said.

"That is not a satisfactory position for the South Burnett Regional Council.”

Cr Campbell said the discussion had been in the works for a while now after Swickers indicated to the council it needed more water to insure its long-term viability.

He expects the state government to make a decision on the transfer in the coming weeks.

"We will work with all parties to bring about a solution to our issues with water access,” Cr Campbell said.

Tarong Power Station is the largest user of water in the South Burnett.