The Federal Government has reaffirmed its commitment to the Big Rocks Weir project on the Burdekin River as Acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack visited Charters Towers.
Mr McCormack said the Federal Government had put its $30 million on the table and the Queensland Government had matched it.
“It’s now time for the Queensland Government to come on the journey with us and get that first sod turned,” he said.
“Let’s get on and build Big Rocks Weir. Because it’s been way too long.”
Senator Susan McDonald described the construction of the Big Rocks Weir, 26km north-west of Charters Towers, as being critical to the development of North Queensland.
“It is only a small project of 10,000 megalitres. But we have experienced irrigators in this region, we’ve got great soil. And as we saw earlier today we’ve got the mighty Burdekin River that delivers a huge amount of water each Wet Season,” she told a media conference yesterday.
She said the Federal and State partnership would see Big Rocks lead the way as an example of starting to build dams again in Northern Queensland.
“Whether it be here, in Richmond, in Hughenden, in Cloncurry, Uranna Dam. We’ve got the right projects, ready to go,” she said.
“Big Rocks Weir is the proving point for testing. And I’m very excited to have leaders of this government of the Australian Government here.”
Big Rocks Weir will supply a potential 10,000 megalitres of additional water to expand agriculture, industry and urban water security for the region.
Townsville Enterprise has undertaken the Big Rocks Weir detailed business case, supported by funding from the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund.