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Minister consults on community lifeblood.

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SENATOR THE HON. IAN MACDONALD Minister for Forestry and Conservation

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Minister consults on community lifeblood

Federal Minister and Queensland Senator, Ian Macdonald, today inspected capping of a bore from the Great Artesian Basin as part of his 3500km annual road trip.

The bore capping demonstration today at Muttaburra in Queensland followed meetings yesterday with representative of the Great Artesian Basin Consultative Council at Prairie.

Senator Macdonald said the Great Artesian Basin was the lifeblood for many north-west Queensland communities.

“The importance of a reliable and sustainable water supply cannot be underestimated in such an environment,” Senator Macdonald said.

“Subsequently, I appreciate the opportunity to meet with the people on the ground who are concerned with this precious resource and to hear first hand their impressions of current management practices.”

Senator Macdonald has already travelled more than 780km in the first few days of his nine-day road trip to consult his electorate and undertake a range of portfolio activities.

Already he has visited Charters Towers, Hughenden, Muttaburra and Winton. The remainder of the trip will visit Middleton, Boulia, Dajarra, Mt Isa, Camooweal, Gregory Downs, Burketown, Karumba, Normanton, Laura, Coen, Weipa.

Senator Macdonald said the annual road trip to remote parts of Queensland provided the opportunity to meet with communities and groups that would normally have little contact with Federal Ministers.

“There is always the potential for decisions to be made that impact regional and remote communities without these groups having direct input or not knowing how to make themselves heard,” Senator Macdonald said.

Further inquiries:

Senator Macdonald's office: Zac Donovan (02) 6277 7270 or 0438 611 296


  Last updated 12 July 2002

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