FUTURE DROUGHT: Southern Downs councillor Vic Pennisi has pleaded with fellow politicians to secure new water sources for the region.
FUTURE DROUGHT: Southern Downs councillor Vic Pennisi has pleaded with fellow politicians to secure new water sources for the region. Marian Faa

POLITICIAN'S PLEA: 'We need to be more prepared'

WITH rain forecast for Warwick this weekend, pressing calls to "not forget the drought” have emerged from residents who want to see new sources of water secured to avoid future crisis.

Southern Downs councillor Vic Pennisi has seen more than a few droughts and in his experience we "always tend to forget” once it has passed.

But that attitude can't continue, according Cr Pennisi, who yesterday passed a motion to move to extreme water restrictions across the region.

"We have no option but to do this and we have no option because we don't have enough water to go around,” he said.

"I believe drought is a disaster and going forward, when it does rain, we need not forget that. It is up to us to ensure going forward when the next drought occurs - and it will - that we are in a better position to deal with it at that time.”

Cr Pennisi bid residents and fellow councillors to advocate for new water to be secured.

Tim Scheele, Bevan Bird and Andrea Collett watched Southern Downs councillors pass a motion to move to extreme water restrictions in a meeting today. Bevan has 300 head of livestock and cannot buy any water within the Southern Downs to keep them alive.
Tim Scheele and Bevan Bird watched Southern Downs councillors pass a motion to move to extreme water restrictions in a meeting today. Marian Faa

Mayor Tracy Dobie said the council was in discussion with the State Government over water allocation and the possibility of commissioning new bores in the region.

Over social media, the council also said it would press the State Government to improve Leslie Dam.

But others say infrastructure should have been built before it got to this point.

Warwick resident Tim Scheele worked on the construction and maintenance of advanced water treatment plants in Brisbane and has been following Warwick's water security issues closely.

He said the Toowoomba to Wivenhoe Dam pipeline project completed in 2010 should have been extended to Warwick.

"All the dams by now should have been interlinked,” he said.

"We do know global warming is happening and it is changing the weather patterns.

"The state government needs to step up. They can say there is a disaster up north and put in the resources to fix that but we are in the same positions and the government is doing nothing.”