DAM PLANS: Station owner Mick Cook shows Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan where the water would back up along Massey Creek on his property, if the dam is built on the Broken River, 60km south, south-west of Proserpine.
DAM PLANS: Station owner Mick Cook shows Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan where the water would back up along Massey Creek on his property, if the dam is built on the Broken River, 60km south, south-west of Proserpine. Contributed

Urannah Dam project may be a step closer

THE Urannah Dam project, which would be situated 60km south-west of Proserpine, has been flagged for further consideration in the Federal government's Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper launched last week.

The agricultural competitiveness report will inform future policy decisions on water infrastructure projects.

Federal Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce held a National Water Infrastructure Roundtable on Wednesday, at which key water infrastructure financiers, constructors, and industry leaders were present.

Whitsunday Regional Council will also be represented at the talks, with CEO Scott Waters attending to advocate the Urannah Dam project, one of Whitsunday Regional Council's seven key strategic priorities in the Whitsunday 2020 corporate plan.

Urannah Dam was originally proposed more than 40 years ago and, if built, would be situated on the Broken River, west of the Clarke Ranges.

If it goes ahead, the project would be a game-changer for agriculture in the Whitsundays.

Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan last week spent a day touring Cloverly station on the banks of Massey Creek, a property that would be impacted by the development of the Urannah Dam.

Mr Costigan said now is the time for action on the Urannah Dam project.

"Making the Green Paper is one thing, but getting it progressed from there is the next challenge,'' he said.

"As far I am concerned, we owe it to people like Sir Peter Delamothe, Ted Cunningham and other visionaries to get this project off the ground once and for all.

"We also owe it to the next generation of local people, our children and their children who'll benefit from what I believe will be a game-changer in terms of 21st century economic development here in the north.

"The Whitsundays certainly stands to benefit, as will other communities from Mackay through to the Burdekin.

"As people have come to realise, this has become a pet project of mine.

"And I will fight tooth and nail to get it finally happening.

"It would be enormous for local jobs, local industry and our local economy.

"Especially if we can get the icing on the cake and have a road linking the Whitsundays with the dam and all the other dams.

"From Peter Faust, through to Urannah, onto Eungella, and down to Teemburra and Kinchant in the Pioneer Valley; it'd be massive for (the region and Queensland) tourism.''


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