Townsville based Government Senator Ian Macdonald has blasted the Labor Party for delaying critical water infrastructure projects across the state, blaming them for the City’s worsening water crisis.
Senator Macdonald said the Labor Party at both the state and federal level had failed the region by using the issue of water security as a political football.
“Every other state and territory in the nation has acted promptly to secure their share of the Federal Government’s $2.5b investment in water infrastructure, however in Queensland, only half of the projects have been finalised.
“One of the projects awaiting approval by the State Labor Government is the feasibility study into the Hell’s Gate dam proposal – a project that could go some way to addressing Townsville’s water security issues,” Senator Macdonald said.
Senator Macdonald said that the Commonwealth Government has done everything in its power to progress these final feasibility studies.
“State and Territory Governments have jurisdiction over water, over rivers and streams.
“The Commonwealth Government has provided the money, and now it is up to the State Labor Government to do the right thing for Townsville,” he said.
“Where are the three local Labor State MPs? Why aren’t they banging on doors and demanding the State Minister finalise these negotiations to provide long-term water for Townsville?
“Why should Townsville ratepayers continue to be slugged $27,000 per day to pump water from the Burdekin when in the longer term Hells Gate, or a higher Burdekin Falls Dam wall, could be a solution?
“To try to get the State Government to act, I will be circulating a petition for North Queenslanders to be able to tell the State Government to get on with it.”