NOVEMBER 19, 2018: AN additional $500 million boost to build dams and irrigation projects and drought-proof the nation could provide the funding needed to build Urannah Dam, and raise the Burdekin Dam Wall to its intended height. The funding boost announced today by Acting PM Michael McCormack…
A lack of commitment from Labor could lead to a net gain of zero for the region if the unthinkable happens and a Shorten Labor Government is elected. This region will miss out unless Labor stumps up and puts some commitments on the table for the people of this region. Labor needs to commit to at least the same funding that the Liberal National Government has committed to. The Coalition has a number of election commitments on the table already.
FUNDING is set to flow to create jobs, provide water security and open up vast tracts of agricultural land with Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen welcoming announcements this morning that pre-construction planning work will begin for the Urannah Dam, the raising of the Burdekin Dam Wall, the Burdekin Haughton Channel upgrade, Hell’s Gate Dam and to upgrade water infrastructure for Clermont. Today’s announcement makes all the hard work fighting for local jobs worthwhile.
THIS morning I met with key proponents for the Urannah Dam which would provide water to underpin growth and development in the Mackay, Whitsunday, Isaac and Burdekin regions to discuss the push for funding for planning and design of the dam. I hope to see funding flow when the successful applicants for the Liberal National government's National Water Infrastructure Development Fund are announced. I have done everything in my power to get the Urannah Dam on the radar of those in Canberra, and I am hopeful we will be able to start work on the project through the $25 million National Water Infrastructure Development Fund. There’s funding which will be specifically directed to Northern Australia, and the planning and design work for Urannah Dam is in the running for this.
THE importance of Urannah Dam to provide future jobs and economic stability was highlighted by new Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce on the floor of parliament today. Minister Joyce spoke about the importance of building dams in response to my question on the importance of restoring agriculture as a fundamental pillar of the Australian economy. The importance of securing funding for a feasibility study on the Urannah Dam is vitally important for this region, and I’m doing all in my power to ensure we see that funding flow through. It’s heartening to see that it is getting the attention of leading decision makers in our government.