Urannah Dam Project – John Gibson Federal Qld Senate Candidate
The Urannah Dam Project location 90k from Mackay is proposed to deliver a 1.5 million megalitres of storage capacity. As a comparision the mighty Burdekin Falls dam has a 1.9 million megalitres of storage with the ability to be increased.
Identified as a potential site back in the 1990’s by the Qld Government the Urannah Dam Project would provide gravity fed water of at least 30,000 hectares to currently drought ravaged farm lands surrounding Collinsville and Bowen.
Delegates working with the indigenous owners of Urannah Station, said the project should be favoured not only for its huge economic benefits for agricultural development but also because it was a unique indigenous partnership. This is a partnership of the community of traditional owners and private financiers, the first of its kind.
The Mackay Conservation Group also opposes the dam which is not surprising as they usually oppose with vigor anything that displace frogs or insects and rotting logs.
There should be no question that the Urannah Dam Project will provide a boost to the economic development of the proposed recipient irrigation areas.
The political debate between local state and federal representatives has always been hot as each accuse the other of not putting the effort in to secure approvals and get on with the job. The Greens, the orange boys in the game hand out the sower citrus during the half time in the debate and keep hanging around the dressing sheds hoping for a jersey.
“I will use my influence in the Senate to make sure this project goes ahead expediently and will encourage the Government of the day to plan for other vital Water Resources Projects throughout Queensland.”