Urannah Creek, site of the proposed Urannah Dam, west of Mackay.
Urannah Creek, site of the proposed Urannah Dam, west of Mackay.

Company behind Urannah Dam embraces new NQ name

THE company behind the game-changing Urannah Dam project has undergone a rebranding.

Urannah Water Scheme managing director John Cotter said the company would now be known as Bowen River Utilities in a nod to its location.

“Our name has changed but our mission has not, we will build the Urannah Dam, deliver thousands of jobs, water security, prime agricultural land, cheaper energy and flow on economic benefits for thousands of Queenslanders in the Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac Regions in the not too distant future” Mr Cotter said.

Bowen River Utilities comprises a team who are working to deliver the irrigation scheme which will be known as the Collinsville Irrigation, the pumped hydro known as the Bowen Renewable Energy Hub and the dam and pipelines to be rebranded as the Urannah Water Scheme.

Mr Cotter said the rebranding would make it simpler for people to understand the location of the projects and to set it apart from previous iterations of the Urannah Dam proposal.

“The Urannah Dam has been talked about for decades, we know that locals are sceptical,” he said.

Federal member for Kennedy Bob Katter, Urannah advisor David Evans, Federal member for Dawson George Christensen, Senator James McGrath, Whitsunday Regional Council mayor Andrew Willcox, Mackay Deputy Mayor Amanda Camm and Bowen Collinsville Enterprise Chairman Paul McLaughlin at the opening of the Bowen office of the Urannah Water Scheme last year. Picture: Jordan Gilliland
Federal member for Kennedy Bob Katter, Urannah advisor David Evans, Federal member for Dawson George Christensen, Senator James McGrath, Whitsunday Regional Council mayor Andrew Willcox, Mackay Deputy Mayor Amanda Camm and Bowen Collinsville Enterprise Chairman Paul McLaughlin at the opening of the Bowen office of the Urannah Water Scheme last year. Picture: Jordan Gilliland

“But we want to assure them that this time it is different.

“We are the only water infrastructure project in North Queensland to attract private investment and we have strong support from both the Federal Government and the State Government.”

Last month the project reached a major milestone, with 70 people now working to complete the EIS on the water scheme.

Mr Cotter said despite difficult circumstances in the face of COVID-19, the team would fast-track as much work as possible and ensure the project would play a part in rebuilding the North Queensland economy.

“With Queensland facing some tough times ahead, this project is a glimmer of hope for the Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac regions which will deliver broad ranging economic benefits.”


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