Our Plan to Deliver Water Security – Progress Nullinga Dam, Urannah Dam & Raise the Burdekin Falls Dam

An investment in water security is an investment in Queensland jobs.

The LNP understands that dams are catalysts for boosting economic production in agriculture, resources and industry, as well as improving regional water security.


Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor are anti-dams.

It’s another example of a Brisbane-centric Labor Government that doesn’t care about regional Queenslanders.

The last dam built outside Southeast Queensland was the Paradise Dam near Bundaberg in 2005. That means Queensland has gone over a decade without any new dams built in regional Queensland, despite the growing demand for water for food and fibre production and the impending development of the Galilee Basin.

There are billions of dollars available in Commonwealth Government water infrastructure funds and yet Annastacia Palaszczuk is more interested in playing petty politics with Canberra than doing her job.


The LNP will immediately begin work on securing the water that Queensland needs.

We want to get these important water security projects shovel-ready.


The proposed Nullinga Dam site is located on the Walsh River in the Atherton Tablelands and has been proposed as a future water supply to serve growing urban demand in Cairns and to stimulate irrigated agriculture in the region by supplementing existing supplies.

If elected, the LNP will contribute $10 million to get the Nullinga Dam shovel-ready by delivering the Environmental Impact Statement.

The water restrictions in Mareeba have reignited calls for improved water security in the Far North. The Federal Coalition Government has provided $5 million for a feasibility study into the Nullinga Dam from the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund.

While Labor call for patience, as they continue to delay the release of a business case, the LNP will get on with the project.

“None of the current messaging, or lack of communication with us, makes sense given that we have been very vocal about our support for this project.” – MSF Sugar CEO Mike Barry, 21 February 2018 (Cairns Post)


The proposed Urannah Dam site is located in the upper Broken River Valley, north-west of Mackay.

If elected, the LNP will contribute $10 million to the development of an Environmental Impact Statement to get the Urannah Dam shovel-ready.

Once this important work is complete, we will get on with the job and start construction.

The Urannah Dam would provide water for agricultural development in the Burdekin Basin, industrial and agricultural development in the Bowen region (via a channel from Clare Weir) and mining development in the northern Bowen and Galilee Basins.


This project near Townsville seeks to raise the Burdekin Falls Dam by at least two metres to increase the storage capacity by 590,000 ML to a total of 2,446,000 ML, meaning opportunities like hydroelectricity won’t leave farmers short of water.

It will secure the water the Townsville region needs well into the future.

If elected, the LNP would contribute $10 million to deliver the Environmental Impact Statement to raise the dam wall. The Environmental Impact statement will also look at options to raise the dam wall by more than two metres as part of the LNP’s long term plan for the future.

Building Queensland has been undertaking a strategic business case, which is now more than six months late.

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