READER'S VIEW: Will a Dam divide mean no funding?
DEAR Dominic Doblo, I have been following your campaign for The Gap Dam for a few months now and was present at the Fitzroy Water Workshop hosted by Senator Matthew Canavan, Michelle Landry, Ken O'Dowd with special guest the Minister for Northern Australia Josh Frydenberg.
I would like to ask you a few questions and I truly hope you take the time to give me some genuine answers.
There were numerous statements made at the workshop by credible key players which had a clear underlying message; a message for yourself that if you continue to push for The Gap Dam, the Federal Government will view us as a divided community and will allocate funds to projects in other areas.
That means Central Queensland won't get any of the committed $500 million for the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund as part of the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia.
They are looking to spend money now & Eden Bann & Rookwood Weirs are shovel ready projects.
These great infrastructure projects which will help stimulate our struggling local economy & create much needed jobs.
I haven't heard a single argument from yourself with any substance about The Gap Dam, only one-liners about your big dreams and how government money would have been better spent. Hindsight is a wonderful thing.
Let's be real, do you really think you will persuade our State & Federal Government that our money is better spent on The Gap Dam?
I don't think so.
The only possible outcome from your campaign will be Central Queensland sadly missing out these much needed water infrastructure projects because of a disunited community.
That is the scary and real truth.
So please tell me, how will you feel if Central Queensland loses the opportunity to go ahead with the Eden Bann & Rookwood Weirs?