Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington has today outlined her plan to provide new water infrastructure across regional Queensland, including raising the Burdekin Falls Dam.
“Ensuring North Queensland has water security is so critical that I’m committing the LNP to progressing the Burdekin Falls 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.
“I want to raise the dam because water means jobs and job security for this region.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk hasn’t lifted a finger to get this project off the ground, but if I were Premier it would be a priority.”
Raising the Burdekin Falls Dam by two metres would increase its storage capacity by 590,000 ML to a total of 2,446,000 ML, securing the Townsville region’s water needs well into the future.
If elected at the October 2020 state election, the LNP would contribute $10 million towards an Environmental Impact Statement and complete the design work for the dam wall project.
State Government agency Building Queensland is undertaking a strategic assessment of the project, but this is now more than six months late.
“The LNP wants to raise the dam and so do North Queenslanders,” LNP Member for Burdekin Dale Last said.
“The only people who don’t support this project are Labor. They haven’t built a dam in the regions for 13 years and they’ll never raise the Burdekin Falls Dam either.
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.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk is selling out North Queensland because she needs Green votes in Brisbane – that shows how little the regions matter to her,” Ms Frecklington said.
“A future LNP Government would invest in North Queensland infrastructure as a priority.”