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New Dam Funding for North Queensland

30th July 2021

The Queensland LNP has welcomed the Federal Government’s commitment of $12.65 million to further progress the planning of Urannah Dam.

Shadow Minister for Water and the Construction of Dams Deb Frecklington says this commitment was encouraging for North Queenslanders in desperate need of water security.

“Water means jobs and this announcement is a sign of confidence in the future for not only growers and farmers but also our regional communities in the North,” Mrs Frecklington said.

“It is disappointing the State Government repeatedly refuses to back water projects in our state and is leaving all of the heavy lifting to the Federal Government.”

Member for Burdekin Dale Last said he had visited the site and understands the benefits the dam will bring for job creation, agriculture and communities.

“I have supported the Urannah Dam project since the first time I took it to a Bowen Collinsville Enterprise meeting,” Mr Last said.

Member for Whitsunday Amanda Camm said this announcement was being embraced by residents in her electorate.

“This project will deliver significant economic outcomes for the Whitsundays including renewable energy generation and water security,” Ms Camm said.

The proposed Urannah Dam project includes a new 970-gigalitre dam to be built approximately 50km from Collinsville, as well as a 200km pipeline network south to the Moranbah area.