Mayor takes aim while $1m bore project takes shape

GRC Mayor, Cr Graeme Scheu. "So where's the flood?"
GRC Mayor, Cr Graeme Scheu. "So where's the flood?"

Flood? What flood?!

The Goondiwindi Regional Mayor, Cr Graeme Scheu has written an urgent "please explain" letter to the Bureau of Meteorology which released a flood warning on Saturday predicting the Macintyre River at Goondiwndi could rise by as much as 6m.

"Unfortunately, it was way off the mark to the extent of there was not a rise of any description," Cr Scheu said. "How they could get this so wrong is unbelievable."

Cr Scheu said the main issue was it came "just a week since" the council imposed high level water restrictions. "It has made it near on impossible to get a clear message to residents that there was no water coming and water restrictions would continue.

He said he appreciated state government funding cuts may partly be to blame. "I understand a lot of this is due to the funding cuts. I understand there are extra gauges to read in the state and less operators.

Council Deputy-Mayor, Cr Rick Kerney and Engineering Services Director, Dion Jones inspect the site of the new $1m bore project.

Council Deputy-Mayor, Cr Rick Kerney and Engineering Services Director, Dion Jones inspect the site of the new $1m bore project.

"(But) Whatever the excuse is, I find it totally unacceptable. We have enough trouble with vicious Facebook warriors let alone an official government department coming up with an error of this magnitude which took all day to correct."

Ironically the flood furore comes not only as Council introduces high level water restrictions but as council prepares to establish new artesian bores next to the water filtration plant virtually in the centre of town. The GRC secured $1million in drought funding for the project.

Commenting on the weekend's rain, Cr Kearney said "the drought is in no way over". "While it was wonderful to hear the rain on the roof it's done very little in real terms as far as the drought is concerned. "Water is only trickling into Coolmunda Dam (at Inglewood)," he said.

The new bores are expected to "go live" by April. "We will need both bores, as neither aquifer is capable of delivering the town's full requirement for water usage by itself, even on high level restrictions," Cr Scheu said. "So without further significant rain, we will need residents to continue to reduce their water usage to within the target of 150L per person per day so that our supply can cope."

The bore water will meet all Queensland Health standards for drinking water.