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Federal Gov't waiting on State to finish EIS on CQ weirs

The Rookwood property near Gogango sold at Auction for $3.65 million Photo Contributed
The Rookwood property near Gogango sold at Auction for $3.65 million Photo Contributed Contributed

WATER infrastructure continues to be a political hot potato, with Capricornia MP Michelle Landry hitting out at candidate Leisa Neaton for her comments on the Eden Bann and Rookwood weir proposals.

Last week Ms Neaton took to Facebook to question how much longer CQ would have to wait for a dam announcement, and the associated jobs.

She said she expected more would have been achieved since 2011, when the LNP outlined the weirs as priorities.

But Ms Landry, who has been a vocal supporter of the weirs, said it was the State Government holding up the project.

"The next move, in fact, lies with the Queensland State Labor Government which is in the process of finalising an EIS document for the project," she said.

"No one can approve a project until this process is completed."

Ms Landry also said neither Ms Neaton nor Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, who was in Rockhampton last week, could adequately outline any proposal to fund the weirs.

But Ms Neaton said she spoke to Mr Shorten directly about the project, and he was very supportive.

"He understands to be able to diversify our agricultural sector and to be able to attract new industries, business must have a secure water supply," she said.

"I would hope there's an announcement soon, and if it is the State Government holding it up I guess (Ms Landry) should be speaking to them about that."

But Ms Landry said she had been pushing hard for the projects, which have now made it to the Prime Minister's list of top 30 projects for consideration.

She has called on the Federal Government to fund 50% of the project, with 25% to come from the state and 25% from industry and other stakeholders, including local councils.

Eden Bann and Rookwood would potentially open up 2300 new jobs.

Progress

The weir projects have been mentioned on:

The Federal Government's Green papers on Agricultural Competiveness and Northern Australia.

The Federal Government's White papers on Agricultural Competiveness and Northern Australia.

A list of 150 key water projects around Australia needing funding, and on the Prime Minister's top list of 30 projects for consideration.

Topics:  eden bann eis leisa neaton michelle landry rookwood weir



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