The desperate need for new dams and upgrades to the Bruce Highway in regions like Mackay has been ignored in the infrastructure announcement made in Brisbane today, LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said.
Ms Frecklington said drought, dams and fixing the Bruce Highway were the biggest issues facing Queensland, but once again regional communities were set to miss out on funding.
“I have championed infrastructure projects across Queensland and I’m disappointed that Mackay has missed out yet again,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Water security is the biggest issue facing Queensland and both levels of government are not doing enough.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government has done nothing but delay dams for the last five years.
“We need to generate jobs in the Mackay region now and in the long-term and that means building the Urannah Dam.
“It is disappointing that there is not a single dollar of funding for the Urannah Dam or for the Bruce Highway. This announcement won’t get Queensland working.”
The proposed Urannah Dam, about 90km from Mackay, would provide water for irrigated agriculture in the Collinsville district and support more jobs in the resources sector.
A future LNP Government will begin work on the Urannah Dam and four other water infrastructure projects in regional Queensland – including the drought-busting New Bradfield Scheme. The LNP will also implement a 10-year plan to Build a Better Bruce Highway.
“I back dams because water means more jobs for the Mackay region,” Ms Frecklington said.
“The drought is driving farmers to the brink and creating unemployment in the regions – it’s time to build dams and get Queensland working again.”