Goondiwindi Regional Council calls special meeting to review water restrictions

GRC will review water restrictions after recent rain.
GRC will review water restrictions after recent rain.

Following recent rain, the Goondiwindi Regional Council will review water restrictions at a special meeting today.

GRC Mayor, Cr Graeme called the special meeting after "a significant change in the region's river flows over the weekend". "Following the disappointing rainfall that had originally missed the Macintyre catchment over the last few weeks, things changed greatly over the weekend," Cr Scheu said, giving hope restriction may be lifted. "The Macintyre River peaked at 4.4m which is by no means a massive flood, but it is a good start."

Cr Scheu said that an additional heavy downpour in the traprock and upper catchment area of the region has seen extra storage in both Glenlyon and Coolmunda Dam. "The inflows have reached many of our water storage areas and also triggered high flow pumping in Queensland," Cr Scheu said. However, Mayor, Cr Graeme Scheu also had a warning. "Recent rains have proved a great boost to much of the region and it's been brilliant to see but the inconsistency of where that rain has fallen makes things challenging.

"We've had good falls but we are waiting for confirmation from SunWater, Water NSW and the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy to confirm the supply that has flowed into each town's storage. There may be little point relaxing restrictions where we are only just above the storage requirements, and we would then have to tighten them again a few weeks, if we don't keep getting good rain," Cr Scheu said.

Deputy-Mayor, Rick Kearney said Council couldn't jump to conclusions that the rain will keep coming. "We have to know the water is there for use and that it will remain that way for a fair period of time or we will just finish up where we were a month ago, and look silly for not being more cautious." Cr Kearney said he had been told by a ratepayer that water restrictions were so unpopular sitting councillors would lose votes at the March 28 election. "We do appreciate the impact of water restrictions and anyone who stands for office knows they are there only due to residents. However, we have to make decisions on what we think is in the best interest of the community. Sometimes that's not always going to be popular. If we can't make the distinction we probably shouldn't be there. "We all hope the rain continues and we get good news so we can put water restrictions behind us," he said. For more information about restriction levels, visit www.grc.qld.gov.au/water-restrictions