State Government of Queensland

11/09/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/08/2018 14:56

Qld asks the question on NQ dams

Queensland Natural Resources Minister Dr Anthony Lynham has tonight sought detailed information from the Federal Coalition about its dam plans for North Queensland.

'Let's be clear: We are always keen to see Federal money heading for Queensland,' Dr Lynham said.

'We are just not sure what is the next step, or what is expected of any Queensland government or statutory bodies.

'The Palaszczuk Government has already funded an initial investigation into the Hughenden Irrigation Project with the Flinders Shire Council and an initial business case of the $5.35 billion Hells Gate project has identified significant challenges.

'Usually, detailed business cases are conducted, sometimes by independent bodies like Building Queensland, before governments commit to major, long-term infrastructure like dams.

'Today I have written to Federal Water Resources Minister David Littleproud asking for any further information, particularly on:

  • the nature or scope of these projects
  • the process to advance these projects, including detailed business cases and appropriate environmental assessments
  • who will operate these assets.'

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