TRUCKED OUT: Water trucks were seen taking water from Wallangarra south of the border.
TRUCKED OUT: Water trucks were seen taking water from Wallangarra south of the border.

Council denies claims of plans to truck out region’s water

COUNCIL-controlled water from Wallangarra is not being sold to governments south of the border, according to Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie.

Stanthorpe resident Julie Watt reported an interaction with a tanker driver from the Glen Innes Severn Council on the Stanthorpe on Facebook group this week.

According to Ms Watt, the driver said water used for roadworks was sourced from Wallangarra.

But Cr Dobie said council wouldn’t consider selling their water during current drought conditions.

“We have very limited supplies left in our local government area,” she said.

“We as a council would not consider selling water from our water storages, whether it was raw or treated water, to residents, businesses or councils outside of our area.”

Private water license holders within the region are still able to sell water and Cr Dobie suggested the water may have been sourced from such a person.

“They can sell to whomever they like, so there may be a private water license owner selling water from a private bore or above ground dam.”