Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington has today outlined her plan to provide new water infrastructure across regional Queensland, including making Urannah Dam a reality.
“It’s critical that we unlock the potential of Central and North Queensland and that’s why I’m committing the LNP to progressing the Urannah Dam more than two years out from the next election,” Ms Frecklington said.
“I’m backing the Urannah Dam because water means jobs and job security.
“Our regions are being ignored by Annastacia Palaszczuk, but the LNP has a plan to invest in infrastructure and deliver a better future for Queenslanders everywhere.”
The proposed Urannah Dam site is west of the Clarke Range, about 90km from Mackay.
The dam would provide water for irrigated agriculture in the Collinsville district, as well as mining development in the northern Bowen Basin and the yet to be developed Galilee Basin.
If elected at the October 2020 state election, the LNP will contribute $10 million to the development of an Environmental Impact Statement and get the project shovel-ready.
LNP Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan said it was now 13 years since the last dam was built outside South East Queensland.
“Labor is now fully signed up to the Greens’ anti-dams dogma,” Mr Costigan said.
“Labor is selfishly sacrificing jobs in my region to ensure they pick up Green votes in Brisbane.”
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.
Member for Burdekin and Shadow Minister for North Queensland Dale Last said it was time to invest in job-creating infrastructure in the regions.
“The regions don’t matter to Annastacia Palaszczuk – but projects like the Urannah Dam would be a priority under the LNP,” Mr Last said.