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Powell Media Release – WaterQ delivers Strong Plan for Glass House water future (25 June 2014)

As part of a strong plan to deliver a safe, secure and more affordable water supply for all Queenslanders, including those in Glass House, the Queensland Government yesterday released WaterQ: a 30-year strategy for Queensland’s water sector.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, said Queensland’s history, climate and growth demonstrated the critical need to plan for and manage drought and flood so our state would grow and prosper.

“To grow a four pillar economy based on agriculture, mining, tourism and construction, while lowering the cost of living for families and businesses, we also need better planning and infrastructure investment decisions,” Mr Powell said.

“People living in Glass House simply do not want us to repeat Labor’s significant planning failures that have led to us jumping from a water supply crisis to much higher water prices.”

Mr Powell said the Government had worked with Queensland residents, businesses, community and industry groups, especially the local government sector, to deliver WaterQ, a strong plan for a safe, secure and more affordable water future.

“Queensland do not want us to repeat Labor’s water supply planning and policy failures like the water supply crises – followed by its reckless, panic-hurried spending and the unnecessarily higher debts and operating costs that left for future generations to pay. WaterQ is a long-term insurance policy against a future water supply crisis for our children and grandchildren.”

Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle said WaterQ provided a long-term vision for a water sector that supported increased productivity, economic growth, healthy communities and the environment, by focusing on seven key priorities:

•               Empowering customers and educating the community;

•               Providing equitable and affordable water;

•               Promoting efficient and productive water use;

•               Encouraging responsible and productive water management;

•               Developing a skilled and sustainable workforce;

•               Developing smart regulation that encourages private sector investment; and

•               Adopting innovative technology and infrastructure.

Mr McArdle said two expert groups would also be established to ensure the strategy’s initiatives are carried out and new solutions were developed to meet customers’ needs.

A Strategic Advisory Committee will oversee and provide strategic direction on the implementation of WaterQ including regular reviews, while an industry-led innovation panel will also be assembled to foster practical solutions to the challenges facings Queensland’s water sector.

WaterQ is available at www.dews.qld.gov.au or by phoning 13 QGOV (13 7468). For regular updates on the strategy, you can access the ‘Water Queensland’ Facebook page or follow @WaterQld on Twitter.

ENDS- 25 June 2014

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