No plans to ease water restrictions: Qld government
The Queensland government says there are no plans to ease permanent water restrictions.
The Courier-Mail is reporting the government plans to weaken or dump restrictions in the southeast by January, boosting revenue through increased use.
But Water Minister Mark McArdle says any decision on water restrictions is not up to the government.
"The government will not be looking at removing those restrictions. That is a function of the water commission not the government," he told ABC radio on Monday.
"We have not sought formally any advice from the commissioner as to whether or not the permanent water conservation measures should be removed or in any way weakened."
After January 1 next year, when the water commission will be dissolved, it's functions will be absorbed into a new bulk water entity.
But Mr McArdle said decisions about water restrictions would remain outside the government's control.
"It will not be a function of the government. It will still be at arm's length from the government and that new body will set what restrictions, if any, should be imposed," he said.