Labor again playing politics with dam infrastructure

23 Feb 2017 12:27 PMMichael Hart
 

Labor again playing politics with dam infrastructure

Thursday, 23 February 2017

 

  • The Palaszczuk Labor government was the last to agree to distribute federal funding for dam feasibility studies

  • Queensland projects aren’t ready to submit applications for funding from the Federal Government’s $2 billon fund for water infrastructure

  • 14 Queensland projects have received funding for feasibility studies but no progress has been made

     

    The LNP Opposition today called on the Palaszczuk Labor Government to stop sitting on its hands and get on with 14 feasibility studies for dams across Queensland. 

     

    Shadow Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply Michael Hart said Labor was putting the lives of regional communities at risk by not moving forward on the feasibility studies.

     

    “Annastacia Palaszczuk is more interested in cutting ribbons in South-East Queensland than making sure regional Queenslanders have access to much-needed water infrastructure,” Mr Hart said.

     

    “Regional communities in North and Central Queensland are crying out for her to make a commitment to build critical water infrastructure projects in the regions.

     

    “Labor has no idea how to unlock the growth potential of regional Queensland and get business moving.

     

    “This is highlighted by the fact that so many water infrastructure projects are stuck in feasibility stage under this do-nothing Labor Government.

     

    “It’s further proof that Annastacia Palaszczuk isn’t listening to regional Queenslanders and is happy to continue to treat them like second-class citizens.”

     

    Mr Hart said Labor’s lack of action on dams could risk hundreds of thousands worth of funding to Queensland’s regions.”

     

    “Labor’s go slow on this issue means they have missed another round of funding from the Federal Government.

     

    “The Townsville City Council is pouring $27,000 down the drain by pumping water from the Burdekin to get water to Townsville.

     

    “All Labor needs to do is finish feasibility studies that have already been funded and submit an application to the Federal Government to upgrade the dam infrastructure in our regions.

     

    “Our dams are vital to our regions and we need to ensure they’re in the best condition to protect supply to Queensland families and businesses.”

     

Queensland projects that received feasibility funding:

 

  • Nullinga Dam Feasibility Study - Funding of up to $5,000,000 ex GST

  • Emu Swamp Dam Feasibility Study - Funding of $3,970,000 ex GST

  • North West Queensland Strategic Water Storage Feasibility Study - Funding of $1,765,000 ex GST

  • Lakeland Irrigation Area Feasibility Study - Funding of $825,000 ex GST

  • Gayndah Regional Irrigation Development (GRID) project Feasibility Study - Funding of $1,231,024 ex GST

  • Burdekin Falls Dam Raising Feasibility Study - Funding of $400,000 ex GST

  • Burdekin Haughton Channel Capacity Upgrade Feasibility Study - Funding of $1,915,000 ex GST

  • Bundaberg Channel Capacity Upgrade Feasibility Study - Funding of $750,000 ex GST

  • Urannah Dam Feasibility Study - Funding of $3,000,000 ex GST

  • Lower Fitzroy River infrastructure project Business Case - Funding of $2,000,000 ex GST

  • South-East Queensland Treated Effluent Feasibility Study - Funding of $650,000 ex GST

  • Southern Atherton Tablelands Irrigation Development Feasibility Study - Funding of $750,000 ex GST

  • Clermont: Water Security Feasibility Study - Funding of $225,000 ex GST

  • Aquifer Recharge Feasibility Study - Funding of $120,000 ex GST

  • Hells Gate Dam Feasibility Study - Funding of $2,200,000 ex GST

 

ENDS

 

Media contact: Eloise McNee 0432 606 320

Labor again playing politics with dam infrastructure

Thursday, 23 February 2017

 

  • The Palaszczuk Labor government was the last to agree to distribute federal funding for dam feasibility studies

  • Queensland projects aren’t ready to submit applications for funding from the Federal Government’s $2 billon fund for water infrastructure

  • 14 Queensland projects have received funding for feasibility studies but no progress has been made

     

    The LNP Opposition today called on the Palaszczuk Labor Government to stop sitting on its hands and get on with 14 feasibility studies for dams across Queensland. 

     

    Shadow Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply Michael Hart said Labor was putting the lives of regional communities at risk by not moving forward on the feasibility studies.

     

    “Annastacia Palaszczuk is more interested in cutting ribbons in South-East Queensland than making sure regional Queenslanders have access to much-needed water infrastructure,” Mr Hart said.

     

    “Regional communities in North and Central Queensland are crying out for her to make a commitment to build critical water infrastructure projects in the regions.

     

    “Labor has no idea how to unlock the growth potential of regional Queensland and get business moving.

     

    “This is highlighted by the fact that so many water infrastructure projects are stuck in feasibility stage under this do-nothing Labor Government.

     

    “It’s further proof that Annastacia Palaszczuk isn’t listening to regional Queenslanders and is happy to continue to treat them like second-class citizens.”

     

    Mr Hart said Labor’s lack of action on dams could risk hundreds of thousands worth of funding to Queensland’s regions.”

     

    “Labor’s go slow on this issue means they have missed another round of funding from the Federal Government.

     

    “The Townsville City Council is pouring $27,000 down the drain by pumping water from the Burdekin to get water to Townsville.

     

    “All Labor needs to do is finish feasibility studies that have already been funded and submit an application to the Federal Government to upgrade the dam infrastructure in our regions.

     

    “Our dams are vital to our regions and we need to ensure they’re in the best condition to protect supply to Queensland families and businesses.”

     

Queensland projects that received feasibility funding:

 

  • Nullinga Dam Feasibility Study - Funding of up to $5,000,000 ex GST

  • Emu Swamp Dam Feasibility Study - Funding of $3,970,000 ex GST

  • North West Queensland Strategic Water Storage Feasibility Study - Funding of $1,765,000 ex GST

  • Lakeland Irrigation Area Feasibility Study - Funding of $825,000 ex GST

  • Gayndah Regional Irrigation Development (GRID) project Feasibility Study - Funding of $1,231,024 ex GST

  • Burdekin Falls Dam Raising Feasibility Study - Funding of $400,000 ex GST

  • Burdekin Haughton Channel Capacity Upgrade Feasibility Study - Funding of $1,915,000 ex GST

  • Bundaberg Channel Capacity Upgrade Feasibility Study - Funding of $750,000 ex GST

  • Urannah Dam Feasibility Study - Funding of $3,000,000 ex GST

  • Lower Fitzroy River infrastructure project Business Case - Funding of $2,000,000 ex GST

  • South-East Queensland Treated Effluent Feasibility Study - Funding of $650,000 ex GST

  • Southern Atherton Tablelands Irrigation Development Feasibility Study - Funding of $750,000 ex GST

  • Clermont: Water Security Feasibility Study - Funding of $225,000 ex GST

  • Aquifer Recharge Feasibility Study - Funding of $120,000 ex GST

  • Hells Gate Dam Feasibility Study - Funding of $2,200,000 ex GST

 

ENDS

 

Media contact: Eloise McNee 0432 606 320

 

 

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