Newman Govt finally considers Valley community water plans

Ron McMah's plan has finally been noticed.
Ron McMah's plan has finally been noticed.

BROOLOO grazier Ron McMah said he and colleagues had experienced a long awaited breakthrough in having their Mary Valley-based Brisbane water supply and flood mitigation plans examined with fresh eyes by the Newman Government.

"We just need politicians who are prepared to stand up to the bureaucrats," Mr McMah said of the meeting he would be having today with Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle.

Mr McMah said his plan was dishonestly shelved by the Beattie and Bligh Governments, because of their political commitment to the Traveston Crossing dam proposal.

Now, he said, the main barrier was bureaucrats, who did not want to admit they were wrong in the information they provided to help Labor justify the dam.

Mr McMah will be accompanied at the meeting in Mr McArdle's George St office, by his colleagues, senior accountant John Hodgkinson and retired businessman Trevor Herse.

"We've had it all assessed by engineers and we've done the figures," Mr McMah said of the plan yesterday.

The plan was first reported in The Gympie Times seven years ago.

"It's our idea but it's all been verified by qualified people," Mr McMah said.

"The people in the department know it's a good plan but it makes them look stupid."

The plan involves raising the level of the dam to take in a huge volume of government owned potential storage.

Gympie Times

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