Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington has today outlined her plan to provide new water infrastructure across regional Queensland, including making Nullinga Dam a reality.
“Ensuring Far North Queensland has water security is so critical that I’m committing the LNP to progressing the Nullinga Dam project more than two years out from the next election,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Unlike Labor, I’m not going to wait for a water crisis before taking decisive action.
“It is essential that Cairns and the Atherton Tablelands have reliable water and it’s time we got going with this project.”
The proposed Nullinga Dam site in the Atherton Tablelands would serve growing urban demand in Cairns and support local agriculture.
“As well as securing the region’s water supply for decades to come, the Nullinga Dam would boost agriculture in the Tablelands,” Ms Frecklington said.
“I back this dam because water means jobs – especially in agricultural areas like the Tablelands.”
If elected, an LNP Government would contribute $10 million to the project and develop an Environmental Impact Statement.
The Federal Government’s $580 million National Water Infrastructure Development Fund is now fully committed, but there is still a $2 billion National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility available, with concessional loans available to state governments to co-fund dam construction.
LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said it was telling that Labor had not built a dam outside the South East for 13 years – despite the growing demand for water.
“Labor has completely bought the Greens’ anti-dams dogma. That might win votes in inner-Brisbane, but it sacrifices jobs and water security in Far North Queensland,” Mr Mander said.
“Unlike Annastacia Palaszczuk, the LNP has a plan for Queensland and we will bridge the divide between the South East and regional Queensland.”