BIG SITE: Dominic Doblo (inset) is championing the bid to build a super dam at The Gap on the Fitzroy River. It will be one of the proposed water storage projects discussed at the Fitzroy Water Workshop.
BIG SITE: Dominic Doblo (inset) is championing the bid to build a super dam at The Gap on the Fitzroy River. It will be one of the proposed water storage projects discussed at the Fitzroy Water Workshop. Allan Reinikka Rokadam

Dam proposals on agenda for CQ politicians

IT'S time for Central Queensland to be on the same page when it comes to water storage.

That's the view of Capricornia MP Michelle Landry who has been lobbying for Federal support to raise the height of Eden Bann and Rookwood weirs.

But others in Rockhampton have been vocal in their push for another project, which they say would help the region become the nation's food bowl.

Rockhampton businessman Dominic Doblo has been campaigning for the Federal Government to invest in The Gap Dam since he renewed calls for the project last year.

Ms Landry, alongside Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd and Senator Matthew Canavan, will host a Fitzroy Water Workshop later this month to allow the community to debate the merits of each proposed infrastructure project.

Up for discussion will be proposals for dams, including the Connors River Dam, The Fitzroy Gap, raising the height of Eden Bann Weir, Rookwood Weir and Nathan Dam.

Ms Landry said both Eden Bann and Rookwood were shovel-ready, where The Gap could take up to 10 years and millions of dollars to reach the same stage.

"It's vital that we gather as much information about the future use of water from the Fitzroy system as we can, so we can make the best possible arguments for the region when debating with Federal Ministers and government colleagues about water infrastructure spending," she said.

"Australia is a big, dry continent and there are various arguments about what weirs or dams should be built across the country.

"That's especially true in the Fitzroy system.

"I am particularly keen to hear the options on projects that would boost the Rockhampton economy and create local jobs - especially projects that can be sensibly supported by local, state and federal governments."

The workshop will be open to the public and is expected to include short presentations by invited speakers, followed by a panel discussion and questions from the audience.

If you go

What: The Fitzroy Water Workshop

When: Wednesday, October 28, from 2 to 5pm at the CQU's CQIRP Agricultural Conference Centre in Ibis Avenue, North Rockhampton.

Seating is limited and people wanting to attend must register by Wednesday, October 21, by emailing senator.canavan@aph.gov.au



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