DEPUTY Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack has announced the Liberal Nationals Government will invest up to $10 million to progress the Urannah Dam to be shovel ready.

“The Morrison Liberal Nationals Government want to build dams because we know that unlocking the potential of our regional communities goes hand-in-hand with water security,” Mr McCormack said.

“That’s why we are investing up to $10 million to further progress the Urannah Dam project to ensure it stacks up.

“Every day this Government is getting on with the job of building water infrastructure for the 21st Century that will deliver better water security for rural communities, create jobs, underpin new and expanded agriculture and support regional economic growth and prosperity across Australia.”

Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said right across Central Queensland, the LNP are building water infrastructure the communities expect and deserve.

“The Liberal Nationals have always made water infrastructure a priority for Central Queensland and this investment builds on our $176.1 million investment to build Rookwood Weir and deliver the jobs our region deserves,” Ms Landry said.

“We are not afraid to build dams – in fact we want to build more of them because we know the potential of our communities and the importance of these projects to grow our region and create jobs.

Member for Dawson George Christensen said the Urannah Dam project has been on the cards for years and this investment was a major step in progressing the project.

“The Urannah Dam project will be a game changer for the region and progressing this project at the back of the Clarke Range will unlock the potential of 20,000ha of agricultural land adjacent to Collinsville and Bowen and could create up to 1000 jobs,” Mr Christensen said.

“It would also provide water security for mining projects and potential power generation at Collinsville.
“This project is transformative and I am proud the Morrison Liberal Nationals Government is backing regional Queensland to deliver water security for our regions, grow our regional economies and create jobs.”

The investment for this project will be delivered through the feasibility component of the National Water Infrastructure Fund.

The Liberal Nationals Government is investing more than $3 billion to identify and build new water infrastructure across Australia.

Shane Manning