North Queensland has not seen significant water infrastructure construction since Joh Bjelke-Petersen was the Premier. The Liberal National Government has provided the funds needed to get several water projects moving in North Queensland. These include Urannah Dam, Hell’s Gate Dam, raising the Burdekin Falls Dam wall and upgrading the Burdekin-Haughton channel. The Queensland Labor Government stalled the projects by refusing to accept the funds and get planning started. Further distractions and obstacles are expected from green activists who want to prevent any development at any cost. The Water For Townsville organisation is investigating other options that could help guarantee the region’s water supply.
To secure the water North Queensland needs, the Federal Government must:
- Demand the Queensland Labor government agree to accept funding and get projects started.
- Pass legislation to prevent environmental lawfare from needlessly holding up projects and wasting taxpayer money.
- Carefully consider briefings and proposals submitted by Water For Townsville.