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Capricornia MP expects two water projects to be on list

Michelle Landry.
Michelle Landry.

MICHELLE Landry expected two "significant water projects" in Capricornia to be included on a list of national dam projects to be put to the Prime Minister.

It wasn't clear yesterday though, when The Morning Bulletin contacted the Prime Minister's office, what those projects were.

Last week Prime Minister Tony Abbott was handed a shortlist of 30 sites for potential new or expanded dams as part of a plan to boost agricultural production and mining output in northern Australia and reinvigorate rural economies in NSW and Tasmania.

Government sources said that work on about half of the 30 sites could proceed quickly while the other half required further investigation.

After a week of intense lobbying in Canberra, the Member for Capricornia said she was hopeful that the Fitzroy Agricultural Corridor project near Rockhampton and the Urannah Dam project east of Collinsville would be included on the list.

"At this stage the list of sites is still confidential and I have not seen it, but I would be surprised if the Fitzroy Corridor and Urannah were not included as they are two key projects that would benefit the nation," she said.

Ms Landry was continuing to push forward the interests of Capricornia during intense rounds of talks in Canberra on key water infrastructure issues as part of preparations for the Northern Australia White Paper.

"It doesn't mean they are guaranteed to get funded, but they have to be on the list and in the White Paper at the end of the day in order to be considered," Ms Landry said.

There is one dam project outspoken businessman Dominic Doblo believes outshines the others on the Fitzroy.

The mega-dam project at the gap on the Fitzroy River.

He believed this particular project, a multi-billion dollar 10,000 gigalitre dam, was the only one that could deliver water security and irrigation for Rockhampton and Gladstone.

He said the construction of smaller dams like Nathan Dam were "useless and a waste of money".

"The location of where they want to build the Nathan Dam (north-east of Taroom) is not a great catchment area ... it doesn't get anywhere near as much rainfall as here on the coast," Mr Doblo said.

"It's quite a serious project that has got legs; we just have to get the community and the Federal Government behind it."

Topics:  capricornia michelle landry prime minister



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