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" HUNDREDS OF FARMERS."
. "The Theodore Zone of the Dawson Val- ley Irrigation works is practically com- pleted, and on the date of publication of this report (November 1) 30,000 acres were open for selection. Tho desire for occupa- tion of these irrigated farms ia abundant- ly demonstrated by the hundreds of pros- pective farmers who have already lodged their inquiries. These have come from all points in the Commonwealth, and indicate in no uncertain manner that itngated faint- ing under the sound and equitable condi- tions embodied in the Dawson Valley scheme is appreciated by understanding agriculturists, and augurs well for the suc- cess of the greater scheme now actively in
In this optimistic strain the Irrigation and Water Supply Commission introduced its annual report, which was presented to Parliament yesterday.
During tlie past J ear, the report added, some 54 miles of construction road from the railhead at Juandah to the Nathan Dam site had bce-n in hand, and was now approaching completion. Plant was also being assembled for the building of the dam. Tlie area already available for settle- ment included 373 farms, of which 2CJ were irrigated.
During the year the Western hydraulic sut rey had been completeel, with the ex- ception of some minor detail w ork which «as in process of beins finalised. The work of plotting up the boring informa- tion for the whole Stale was well in hand, and should be completed during the 1920-27 financial year. By this means the depart- ment woujd be able to indicate geographic ally the "boring possibilities for various districts, and thereby considerably facili- tate the investigation of problems as they occurred. Of course, in some areas the water-beds would still lcmain a matter of conjecture, 6Ínce the water measures occa- sionally altered fiom one bed several hun- dreds of feet in thickness to several thin beds within a few miles, and the coi rela- tion of water supplies in such a locality could not bo based on depth alone. On completion of this con elation the result would be published as a commission pamphlet.
AVith regard to bore flow measurement«, the remeasuremeuts carried out during the year boie out the statements, made iu last annual report, that the rate of diminution was becoming less. Also theie appealed to bo veiy little diminution in the vicinity of the intake beds, which agreed with the meteoric theory, and suggested that the diminution in the maiu basin was largely due to local overtapping of the water-beds. This local overtapping was especially noticeable in the Cunnamulla district, which delivered the greatest flow per squaie mile on any area in Queensland. Here the equal pressure lines indicated a flow towards Cunnamulla from all direc- tions except south, wheieas the general diiection of the flow in other aieas varied between west and south-west. The actusl rates of diminution in t!ii6 locality also sug- gested local overtapping, since (he annual drop had vaiied from a maximum at Cun- namulla to nil at Augathella. The annual drop was also less on cither side of the Wartego, the Government boee at Thar- gomindah having maintained the same pressure and flow for a period of 11 years, until new bores in the district began to draw on the supplies.
The total amount expended from the Dawson Valley Irrigation Loan Fund at Juno 30, 1926, in connection with the con- struction of irrigation areas aggregated £327,020, of which £93,148 was spent dur- ing tho last financial j-ear, including a capital interest charge of £14,418. The amount of revenue collected and paid to the credit of tlie fund was £2170, leaving a net debit balance theieon of £324,844 at June 30, 1020. The total cash collected and paid_ to the Trcasuiy for the j ear was £3576/10/0, and is compared, horeunder, with the year 1924-25.
DAWSON VALLEY IIUIIGATIOX FUXD.
£ «. d. £ a, < Rents of town lots ,358 11 0 Rents of accommo«
dation liouse, cot-
tages, So. 215 -7 8 Electr.c licht and
power rated 43 8,3
AgUtmcnt charge« 35 2 11 , Mall subsidy 40 0 0 Miscellaneous col-
lections 21 9 8 '
TIS l8 Expenditure repay
monta to lund 4,786
Total .. .. .. .. .; ,, £5,153
£, e. o*. ' £
Rents oí town lot6 871 7 3 > Rents of accommo. '
dation house, cot- ' >
tag«, 4c. 178 s 11 Electric light and *
power rales '91 2^0' Town water rale» lill 8 Agtalmcnt charges 45 2. 8 Mail subsidy 10 0 0
Mf'mcllancous col- '
lections 80 5 0
. 2,504 l8 0 Total .. ..-.£8,570 10 0 The actual interest charge by the Treasury on the loan expenditure for last j-ear amounte'd to £14,417/12/7, i.nd, add- ing this amount to the interest airead; oharged on the loan Dawson expenditure, aggregates £20,648/2/8. The interest hai been capitalised until settlement on the area has taken place.
Although the area at the date of clos- ing accounts for' 1925-20 was not then open for settlement, the power plant for the past l8 months had operated as re- quired for the generation of electric light to the town of Theodore and the supply of water to town and experimental farm. The cost of operating the plant for the j-ear, after providing for maintenance of building«, repairs to plant, &c, amounted to £-1,122/18/11. As a set-off against this expenditure, miscellaneous revenue had been earned from cottage and accommo- dation house rents, &c. (£872/18/5), elec- tric lighting and water rates, &c. (£153/ 18/2), and miscellaneous receipts £70/5/9, leaving a credit balance on revenue ac- count of £1/13/0.
As regarded the Inkerman area, the revenue for the year was £24,370, the working expenses £10,648, and the net profit £2825. The working profit was set down at- £4728.