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13 July, 2021

We need Urannah Dam

“A SOCIETY grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in” – Greek proverb If the 1.5 megalitre Urannah Dam is one of the ‘trees’ I plant before I leave parliament, then it alone would have made my time as the Member for Dawson worthwhile. North Queensland needs this dam to go ahead.


By George Christensen

“A SOCIETY grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in” – Greek proverb

If the 1.5 megalitre Urannah Dam is one of the ‘trees’ I plant before I leave parliament, then it alone would have made my time as the Member for Dawson worthwhile.

North Queensland needs this dam to go ahead.

Not just for the 1200 jobs it’ll create during construction and the 600 ongoing jobs, but for the life it will inject into our communities for many generations to come.

This project will open up 20,000 hectares of agricultural land, positioning North Queensland as the food bowl for Australia and beyond, with land suitable for broadacre farming of sugar cane and beef, plus fruit and vegetable cropping.

Urannah’s 1000-megawatt pumped hydro plant will produce clean energy for the region. This large-scale energy generation project will deliver the most efficient use of renewable energy in Northern Australia and contribute to driving down energy costs in the North.

To the majority, Urannah Dam is a no-brainer.

But there’s always a small handful of green activists who see human progress as some kind of stain or blemish on the earth.

We’ve already seen people coming up from the South to organise protests against this project.

To me, there is nothing more irritating than someone travelling to a community to which they have no affiliation, with the express purpose of destroying new job opportunities for locals.

And what’s worse is they always find an ‘endangered’ animal they claim is endemic to the local area to pin their argument to.

With the Carmichael Mine it was the black-throated finch. With Urannah (and just like it was with the Burdekin falls dam) it’s the turtle that breathes out of its bum. Next time I’m sure it’ll be a lizard that plays the piano.

Wherever there’s a mine, dam or power station to be built, there is always an endangered species which only lives in that area.

We can’t let this anti-progress, greenie madness destroy job opportunities for North Queenslanders.

That’s why it’s so important to show your support for Urannah Dam at www.BuildUrannah.com.  



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