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Labor doesn’t give a damn about dams

2nd August 2019

Another hammer blow for regional Queensland today, after the Palaszczuk Labor Government crushed the Nullinga Dam project, in another sign they don’t have a plan to create new jobs.

LNP Deputy Leader Tim Mander said Annastacia Palaszczuk would rather see North Queensland dry-up than build crucial water infrastructure.

“Labor will make-up any excuse not to build dams in Queensland,” Mr Mander said.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government is anti-regions, anti-jobs and anti-dams.

“Only the LNP is committed to Nullinga Dam because it will kick-start the regional economy, create new jobs and provide water security for generations to come.

“We are listening to locals, and farmers are telling us they need water security to grow their businesses.

“Just a few months ago, LNP Leader Deb Frecklington unveiled a plan to create a government-owned corporation based in Townsville to construct new dams and unleash the economic potential of regional Queensland.

“The new Queensland Dam Company (QDC) will create new jobs in Townsville and implement the LNP’s plan for new dams and dam upgrades in Central and North Queensland.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government have also turned a blind eye to Rookwood Weir.

“They are deliberately delaying this project and don’t understand how vital it is for Central Queensland.”

LNP Shadow Minister for Natural Resources Dale Last said Annastacia Palaszczuk is blatantly treating regional Queenslanders like second-class citizens.

“Rookwood Weir has been delayed by two years by Labor – they have no one else to blame for any cost blowouts than themselves,” Mr Last said.

“Labor spent $36 million on Rookwood Weir last year without a shovel in the ground.

“We are sick of this Brisbane-centric Government failing regional cities and towns across the state.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk’s priorities are all wrong, Cross River Rail has blown out by more than $1 billion but Labor can’t find a cent for Nullinga Dam.

“Ten new or higher taxes have been slugged on Queenslanders, cost of living has soared, unemployment is the worst in mainland Australia and farmers can’t cope with the crippling cost of water.

“You can’t trust Labor to build critical water infrastructure or create new jobs.”