Jack Dempsey considers the water that runs into the detention dam beside the Ring Road to be a wasted resource.
Jack Dempsey considers the water that runs into the detention dam beside the Ring Road to be a wasted resource. Scottie Simmonds

Water should flow to sports groups

WATER standing in a detention dam next to the Ring Road should be made available to sporting groups to use on their fields, according to member for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey.

Mr Dempsey said the Bundaberg Regional Council was pumping the water into drains so it could run away.

He said it was the responsibility of the state government to fund drainage programs, and they had to ensure the issue was properly handled.

“Water is liquid gold,” he said.

“We should be getting the best use out of this resource.”

Mr Dempsey said if it could be done in a safe, responsible manner sporting groups should be given the water to cut down on their costs.

“That would be better than having it just evaporating,” he said.

“We need extra state funding so the council can use this water.”

Bundaberg Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch said the council was required to pump the water out of the dam after rain.

She said the dam only filled after heavy rain, and sports groups would not want to water their fields at that time.

The council also did not have the money to put the necessary infrastructure in place, she said.



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