Rocky leaders back Tony Abbott's push for new dams
THE region's community leaders have a united view when it comes to potential dam sites in Central Queensland.
Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow, Capricornia MP Michelle Landry and Senator Matt Canavan are pushing forward with the plans to get dams built in the near future.
Future dam plans were discussed with Prime Minister Tony Abbott when he was in Rockhampton earlier this week. Mayor Margaret Strelow said that it was great to have the Prime Minister in town saying "now is the time".
"I absolutely support the idea of building water storage and having it available so that local businesses can grow," Cr Strelow said.
"It's great to have the Prime Minister looking to kick-start the growth of industry and agriculture in our region by building the water storages and to have confidence to develop them."
A National Water Infrastructure Roundtable will be held later this month to help hasten construction of new dams.
Senator Matthew Canavan said while there was no shortage of good sites for dams in the region, the big question was how they were going to be paid for.
"We can't fund the dams completely from public funds, we don't have the money and we need help from private sectors," Mr Canavon said.
"So, I am pleased to see this roundtable bring together investors, representatives of irrigators, mining and power industries, financiers, government officials and construction companies."
Meanwhile, Capricornia MP Michelle Landry said she was back in parliament next week and planned to lobby for dam sites.
"We have to put politics aside and work together as a united team for Central Queensland," she said.