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Minister for Energy and Water Supply
The Honourable Mark McArdle

Minister tours Scenic Rim region

Electricity and water issues were the focus of a meeting held today between Energy and Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle and Scenic Rim Regional Council Mayor John Brent.

Mr McArdle, Mayor Brent and Beaudesert MP Jon Krause toured the region stopping at Wyaralong Dam, Lillybrook, Lake Moogerah and the Tarome district.

Mr McArdle said he valued the opportunity to visit regional councils because it gave him further insight into the real issues being faced by people there.

“It was important to see the Aratula area and speak with locals after the damage and heavy flooding that followed ex-tropical cyclone Oswald down the Queensland coast earlier this year,” Mr McArdle said.

“It was also a good opportunity to meet the mayor to hear firsthand their ideas and concerns about energy and water supply in their area.

“Providing safe, reliable and affordable energy and water supply is vital to meeting the basic needs of communities and for the future development of Queensland.”

Mayor John Brent welcomed the opportunity to talk through local issues relating to the Minister’s portfolios, particularly the region’s waterways.

“Lakes Moogerah, Maroon and, more recently, Lake Wyaralong are important assets to this region and have long been popular destinations for locals and visitors alike,” Cr Brent said.

“The recreation plan process currently being undertaken by the Seqwater is giving the community an opportunity to have a say on how they wish to utilise these facilities into the future

“It was also an opportunity to illustrate the impact of devastating storms and floods on the Scenic Rim and the great progress Council is making in restoring vital community infrastructure with the support of the State and Federal funding.”

Beaudesert MP Jon Krause said he was fortunate to be able to discuss the region’s development, including the recreational use of local dams and the community’s contribution to the 30 Year Electricity Strategy.

“The 30 Year Electricity Strategy is also a hot topic for many residents, businesses and irrigators who can be a part of shaping our electricity future through the recently released discussion paper,” Mr Krause said.

[ENDS] 25 September 2013

Media Contact: Natalie Wynne 0437 334 183

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