Urannah Dam proponents meet with government heavyweights
THE STATE Government's interest in the Urannah Dam project was a pleasing sign, Dawson MP George Christensen said.
Earlier today, Queensland Natural Resources Minister Anthony Lynham asked the Federal Government to pick up the pace on funding the initial stages of the project, which would lead to damming Broken River
Mr Christensen said last week the Urannah Dam proponents, Bowen Collinsville Enterprise, visited Canberra to talk with MPs in the Nationals Party room, including the Dawson MP, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and the minister for Northern Australia Matt Canavan.
He said Bowen Collinsville Enterprise was making progress since receiving commitment of $10 million from the Federal Government during the election campaign.
"The Morrison Liberal National Government has allocated the funding towards the proponents of the Urannah Dam, the deed of agreement has been submitted to the State Labor Government and I am happy to see that the Natural Resources Minister Dr Anthony Lynham is so interested in the progress of this project,” Mr Christensen said.
"The federal funding for this project does not just deliver a full-blown business case. The funding will be used for many components of the project, including design and engineering, environmental impact assessments, indigenous land use agreement processes and early works.
"The total cost of the transformational dam project, which has the potential to open up more than 20,000 hectares of agricultural land, is estimated at about $600 million.”