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Bourke Council continues campaign for Water Security


Bourke Mayor, Councillor Barry Hollman and Bourke Shire Council General Manager Leonie Brown with Chris Guest – an Associate Commissioner from the Productivity Commission, last week. Photo TWH

Bourke Council is applying the ‘squeaky wheel gets the oil’ approach in its continuing campaign to get commitment from government on water security for the town and shire.

General Manager Leonie Brown said that she and Bourke Mayor, Barry Hollman, were persisting with their lobbying of government to address the looming issue of water shortages in Bourke.

Councillor Hollman recalled that council was considering evacuating the town during the drought when water supplies reached critically low levels and was determined to get action to prevent the community facing such a dire situation again.

With the real threat of another dry summer and the promised ‘Western Weirs’ project now off the table; council has some heavy lifting to do to get the new Labor government to implement an alternative plan.

Councillor Hollman has spoken with Water Minister Rose Jackson, inviting her to Bourke to see firsthand the urgency of Bourke’s water security.

“The Minister has accepted that invitation and promised to visit sometime in August,” Mrs Brown said.

“She has a busy itinerary with the government sitting in the first week of August, but she has made a commitment to visit Bourke sometime during the month.

“We also had a phone call from Shadow Water Minister Steph Cooke who is also very interested in the issue.

“Ms Cooke saw the article in the Western Herald and as a result said she would like to visit Bourke and will also be coming out some time in August. […]

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