Charleston Dam becomes a reality, water security assured for the North


Water security for the North has taken a momentus step forward following today’s announcement of $10million Commonwealth funding for the Charleston Dam in the Georgetown/Forsayth locality.

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald welcomed today’s announcement as part of Round Three of the National Stronger Regions Fund.

Senator Macdonald said Etheridge Shire Council will receive $10million for the construction of the Charleston Dam Facility, a project which will provide 100ML of water per year to Forsayth, and 500ML of water to Georgetown.

“This investment in critical infrastructure in Etheridge Shire is wonderful news for communities right across the North-West,” Senator Macdonald said.

“Not only will this funding help the Etheridge Shire ensure a clean and secure water supply for the townships, it will also provide an wonderful opportunity to pursue tourism and recreational opportunities, both of which are integral for the long term sustainability of these communities.”

Senator Macdonald said the successful project was one of three announced in the Kennedy electorate. The others include $994,619 for the Burketown Wharf Precinct, and $90,200 for the Rocky Creek WWII Igloo Restoration Project just north of Atherton.

“I congratulate the Etheridge Shire Council for all their hard work in putting together such a comprehensive application in what was an extremely competitive funding round,” Senator Macdonald said.

There were 479 applications lodged under Round Three of the program, which focuses on strengthening the regions by improving the productivity, employment and workforce skills of communities in these areas.

The Minister for Regional Development, Senator Fiona Nash, made these announcements today, paying tribute to the work regional communities do to make a better life for their locality and the nation.

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