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Dominic Doblo and Sir Graham McCamley speaking about a dam on the Fitzroy River. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Dominic Doblo and Sir Graham McCamley speaking about a dam on the Fitzroy River. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

MEMBER for Flynn Ken O'Dowd has poured cold water on Dominic Doblo's mega-dam proposal, saying the multi-billion dollar project would be unfeasible.

Mr O'Dowd has told The Morning Bulletin exclusively that he was confident a feasibility analysis of the mega-dam proposal wouldn't stack up.

Last week outspoken Rockhampton business man Mr Doblo took media on a flyover of the proposed site for the Fitzroy River Dam at The Gap.

The site of the proposed Fitzroy Gap dam, which sits 140km from the mouth of the river.
The site of the proposed Fitzroy Gap dam, which sits 140km from the mouth of the river.

Mr Doblo was supported in his push for a 10,000 gigalitre dam by respected Central Queensland cattleman Sir Graham McCamley.

The plan initially received a lukewarm response from politicians.

But, in an opinion piece to The Morning Bulletin, Mr O'Dowd said there were better ways for the region to move forward.

Mr O'Dowd said dams on the Fitzroy River and tributaries were "very important for the wider Capricorn and Central Highland regions".

He said while he remained a strong advocate for dams on the Fitzroy, a mega-dam would inundate good land.

"My preference is for the construction of a number of smaller dams and weirs at locations such as Rookwood, Edam Vale, Connors River, Upper Nogoa, and Nathan Dam on the Dawson River," he wrote.

Mr O'Dowd said he believed a feasibility study would show the benefits of a mega-dam would not stack up against "a disbursed capture, storage and distribution system".

But Mr Doblo yesterday said politicians needed to start thinking about "nation building infrastructure".

Mr Doblo said a mega-dam was the only way to drought-proof the whole of Central Queensland.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman was asked by APN reporters last week if the government would consider the project.

"We're happy to consider proposals for great infrastructure like new dams and irrigation schemes and also things that protect regional cities, whether they be Rockhampton or indeed Bundaberg,'' he said.

"But they've got to be funded and my team is the only team with a plan to fund these things.''

Capricornia MP Michelle Landry previously said the mega-dam was a bold vision, but needed a lot of groundwork to become reality. The Morning Bulletin was unable to contact Ms Landry yesterday.

Topics:  dominic doblo, fitzroy river, ken o'dowd



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