Wednesday, 17th April 2019
Federal Government Invests $10M in Urannah Dam
The Morrison Government has announced that it will invest $10 million into pre-construction works and a business case for the Urannah Dam as part of its commitment to improving water infrastructure and security in regional Queensland.
The funding for the project will be drawn from the $1.3 billion National Water Infrastructure Fund and will create 1000 indirect and direct jobs.
Northern-based Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald said the funding was a win for Central and North Queensland.
“Not only will this project benefit North Queensland and Central Queensland regional communities in terms of water security, water infrastructure and economic development, it’s also great news for the resources and coal-mining sectors as well as agriculture,” Senator Macdonald said.
“My priority is to ensure the North is an even more attractive place to live and do business by unlocking the region’s full economic potential as a gateway to global markets, a source of rich resources and a home to pristine environments.
“Economic prosperity will be built on the foundations of land, labour, water and infrastructure.
“This investment in the Urannah Dam clearly ticks the boxes of water and infrastructure and is another demonstrated sign that the Morrison Government is committed to developing water projects in regional Queensland.
“The dam upgrade invests in the key food and agribusiness sector.”
Through the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund, the Morrison Government has also committed $24 million to developing the business case for Hells Gate Dam and $30 million to fast track construction of the Big Rocks Weir, subject to the outcomes of the business case.