News

Barnaby Joyce and Bill Byrne clash over dam delay

Acting Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce speaks during a news conference in Brisbane, Monday, Sept. 5, 2016. Mr Joyce challenged opposition leader Bill Shorten in regards to Senator Sam Dastyari accepting money and gifts from a China-based business in 2015. (AAP Image/Dan Peled) NO ARCHIVING
Acting Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce speaks during a news conference in Brisbane, Monday, Sept. 5, 2016. Mr Joyce challenged opposition leader Bill Shorten in regards to Senator Sam Dastyari accepting money and gifts from a China-based business in 2015. (AAP Image/Dan Peled) NO ARCHIVING DAN PELED

WATER infrastructure was a hot topic in Rockhampton yesterday as the Federal Government claimed the State Government was using delay tactics for the Rookwood Weir and now preferred the Eden Bann site.

Acting Prime Minster Barnaby Joyce made the allegations while attacking the State Government on a number of issues, including providing funding to the Environmental Defenders Organisation which is holding up the Adani Carmichael coal mine project via court action.

Mr Joyce was joined by Capricornia MP Michelle Landry in the attacks.

The pair accused the State Government of coming up with up with new annotations and of providing funding to an organisation that is holding up a multi-billion dollar mine project in court.

"What they are doing is saying they are not really happy with Rookwood, we should look at Eden Bann," Mr Joyce said.

"We've been down this path. The business cases have been done. We've been over and over it ad nauseam.

"This is going to provide over 2,300 jobs in perpetuity if we get this Rookwood Weir built. It is also an extra billion dollars in income for the people of Central Queensland.

"It's vitally important that we get moving with this."

 

Kerri-Anne Mesner

The Federal Government committed $130 million towards the project, along with $2 million for a final business case.

However, Rockhampton MP Bill Byrne said Mr Joyce was muddying the waters here.

"When Mr Joyce announced construction funding for Rookwood Weir, it was conditional on the Environmental Impact Statement and business case stacking up. Mr Joyce was aware at the time that these processes were underway, but not finalised," Mr Byrne said.

The EIS is in its final stages with the Coordinator-General and the business case, led by Building Queensland with input from Sunwater and Gladstone Area Water Board, was progressing as planned.

"The business case will be developed in accordance with Building Queensland frameworks and is expected to be completed by late 2017," Mr Byrne said.

Topics:  central queensland, dam, environment


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Something for the kids

Amelia McKay, 8, trying out trapeze .

Sensory Circus kicks off again next week

Storks delivers more than bouncing babies

TOO CUTE: A scene from the movie Storks, which is showing at Bowen Summergarden Cinema this week.

Storks hits cinemas this week

Beat the summer heat

COME ENJOY: Anchor Bar head chef Alex Beri and owner Josh Knutson with their delicious soft shell crab with chilli jam aioli and wakame.

Anchor Bar welcomes two new chefs to the team

Local Partners

Postie riders deliver mental health funds

A special have hopped on their postie bikes to raise funds for the Black Dog Institute.

TV show features Mandalay home

The pool at Mandalay House. Contributed

The Mandalay home is currently on the market for $19 million

Something for the kids

Amelia McKay, 8, trying out trapeze .

Sensory Circus kicks off again next week

Resident starts Facebook page to get an Aldi in the region

Aldi.

Facebook page started to get discount store in the region

Storks delivers more than bouncing babies

TOO CUTE: A scene from the movie Storks, which is showing at Bowen Summergarden Cinema this week.

Storks hits cinemas this week

Beat the summer heat

COME ENJOY: Anchor Bar head chef Alex Beri and owner Josh Knutson with their delicious soft shell crab with chilli jam aioli and wakame.

Anchor Bar welcomes two new chefs to the team

Our recycling is on the forefront

ECO WARRIORS: Directors of ACT Whitsunday, Jo Pillifeant and Barb Adamson, standing with one of their recognisable blue recycle bins.

ACT Whitsundays is on the verge of closing down.

Revamp improves child safety

SAFETY: Tina Everett, Ron Petterson, Constable Coutney Bellingham and Senior Constable Andy Pratt.

The entry to Cannonval State School is set for a re-vamp.

Classic car auction draws buyers from US, Dubai

"He wants everyone to enjoy the cars, the collection got too big'

Apocalyptica 'seek and destroy' sceptics with 'master' set

Apocalyptica play Max Watts in Brisbane on their Shadowmaker Tour.

Review of final show of Apocalyptica's tour

Rebecca Hall doesn't own a TV

Newspapers, yes. Television, not so much

Jaime King 'terrified' by son's heart surgery

Jamie King was "terrified" when her son went in for heart surgery.

John Mayer's advice for Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes has revealed John Mayer gave him advice

Josh Brolin and Kathryn Boyd tie the knot

Josh Bolin marries in front of close friends and family

Something for the kids

Amelia McKay, 8, trying out trapeze .

Sensory Circus kicks off again next week

TV show features Mandalay home

The pool at Mandalay House. Contributed

The Mandalay home is currently on the market for $19 million

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Rocky proves prime real estate in latest REIQ report

Kas Woch sold this Wood St home in Depot Hill for $107,000 in August.

A new investor's market as Rocky house prices hit lowest in state