Greens oppose Connors River Dam
ENVIRONMENTAL approval for a major dam on Connors River, east of Moranbah, has been granted, to the distaste of the Queensland Greens party.
Queensland Coordinator-General Keith Davies on Saturday granted conditional environmental approval for SunWater to develop the $1.2 billion Connors River Dam and Pipeline project, which would feed the Bowen Basin coal industry and develop new water storage to increase the region's water supply.
SunWater could now proceed with the project and seek more government approvals to clear vegetation, but Mr Davies said there needed to be a conservation plan to protect the threatened freshwater turtles and to restore more than 16,000ha of vegetation.
SunWater supplies 40% of all water used commercially in Queensland.
Queensland Greens spokeswoman Libby Connors said the approval was another blow to the Fitzroy River and would hinder the last free-flowing river in the catchment area.
She compared the project's approval to the Gladstone Ports dredging project.
"The worry is that conditions to protect the turtle and catchment vegetation will be as unenforceable as state and federal conditions to protect Gladstone marine life from the Gladstone port expansions," she said.