Queensland Water is in charge of all the water projects outside of southeast Queensland.
One project is in the Burdekin Basin west of Mackay. And that is the Urannah Dam project, which is due to begin construction in 2022. The environmental impact statement has not yet been prepared.
This project is highly controversial. It has opposition by First Nations and environmental groups. Specifically because of the nature of the dam. It’s part of a network of dams that exists in the Burdekin Basin; the headwaters begin up in the rain forest, and the water is very important for the health of the reef. Of course, damming it will prevent flow down to the reef from the temperate rainforests above. And this is a problem for the ecology of the reef.
It’ll be interesting to see how Queensland Water move forward with this. Whatever is the case both the Minister and the Board of Queensland Water should be held tightly to account for a project that appears to be in the interests of local irrigation farming and the coal industry in that area. The government is building up more public infrastructure.
There are some very large coal mines and ports in that area; just to mention one, the Hay Point terminal just south of Mackay. So this is something that we flag on 4PR – Voice of the People.
Have a listen to the The Paradigm Shift on community radio 4ZZZ at http://ondemand.4zzzfm.org.au/paradigm-shift , because Andy Paine covers a lot of these issues in interviews with local & interstate activists who are opposed to the dam and coal mining in the region.
Ian Curr, 23 April 2021
People protecting our environment in central Qld
Welcome to the Paradigm Shift on FM 102.1 4ZZZ Fridays at noon.
We challenge the assumptions of our current society, to resist oppression and investigate alternative ways of living for a world based on justice, solidarity and sustainability.
This week we hear from people protecting our environment in central Qld and the mid north coast of nsw – hear about campaigns to stop Clive Palmer building a coal mine 10km from the great barrier Reef, to protect waterways and culture by stopping the Urannah dam, and protecting the Newry forest.
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|Mick Daley – The ballad of Wild Cattle Creek|
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