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8 August, 2021

Urannah Dam = JOBS

By George Christensen “WATER is wealth and dams are banks.” Those were the words of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce as a further $12.65 million in Federal funding was announced to get the Urannah Dam project to shovel-ready stage.


  “WATER is wealth and dams are banks.” Those were the words of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce as a further $12.65 million in Federal funding was announced to get the Urannah Dam project to shovel-ready stage. These funds will get the final two hurdles, the geotechnical and environmental assessments, out of the way and see concrete poured before the end of 2022. 

Make no mistake, this is not funding for some airy-fairy study, it will get the project shovel-ready. There are private investors with funds ready to flow and the key proponents of this project, Bowen River Utilities have been doing all the hard yards behind the scenes to get this dam built. Unfortunately, the reality is that major investors don’t want to put their money into these kinds of projects for fear that they’ll collapse at the environmental stage. It’s a sad state of affairs that greens groups  have made major infrastructure projects too risky for private investors to get behind.

 Mackay Conservation Group and other green activist organisations are still campaigning against Urannah, despite the overwhelming support for the dam to go ahead within the North Queensland community. How can anyone campaign against shoring up our water supply and building a 1,000-megawatt pumped hydro plant which will provide energy for the region? Will these greenies ever be happy? Remember, this is a 1.5 megalitre dam which will deliver over 1,800 jobs and open up a whole new agricultural footprint. 

That investment in agriculture may shock those lefty environmentalists who are so used to blaming our farmers for everything from the reef dying to cow fart-induced climate change. But forget all that noise from the green antagonists, Urannah Dam will get built; it’s inevitable. 

This funding is a is a show of support from Canberra. It’s a statement that the Morrison Joyce Government is investing in dams, it’s backing jobs and growth North Queensland and it’s securing our future economic prosperity


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