DAM plan, a win for Regional Small Businesses and Communities
As part of the Queensland Election CCIQ and small businesses across the state have called on all sides of politics to commit to developing policies that support the state's growth.
The announcement of the LNP's plan to deliver water security and infrastructure to North Queensland will help deliver infrastructure, employment and economic growth and provide businesses and communities with certainty in regards to the supply of an essential service.
CCIQ's General Manager Advocacy, Kate Whittle, welcomed the plan, "At CCIQ we have been campaigning for commitments from all parties to deliver infrastructure to North Queensland to address the very serious and troubling issues of water security, unemployment and lack of infrastructure spending.
"With Townsville’s local supply being at a critical stage, our northern regional members have been crying out for action on infrastructure projects that will deliver water security.
"The announcement today by LNP to build 3 new dams, expand the Burdekin dam wall and duplicate the Ross River pipeline will be warmly welcomed by businesses and communities across the region.
“This level of infrastructure will not only ensure water security but will also assist in developing the northern region into a food bowl ready to meet the growing appetites of our export markets.”
While the State Government has committed to funding the Ross River pipeline and Rookwood Weir in the State Budget, CCIQ appreciates the vision and ambition of the LNP plan to not only secure water supply but boost employment, communities and industry for the long term.
“The policy announced today by LNP is a good first step to delivering long-term infrastructure growth in Northern Queensland, with many projects spanning from Cairns to Mackay." Ms Whittle said.
The policy also sets aside funding to progress environmental and feasibility studies into the viability of several dams, CCIQ looks forward to the outcome of those reports.
The establishment of the Queensland Dam Company was also welcomed by our members and CCIQ. The new entity aims to secure federal funding to progress these projects closer to fruition and will ensure oversight and management of the projects.
“Queenslanders have built up frustration the federal government has been neglecting our state when it comes to the national share of funding. Anything that helps us get our fair share will be welcomed by our members, at it is essential that the LNP opposition ensure federal funding will be in place should they be elected.”