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Joint push on $2.9b CQ water project

Central Queensland’s $2.9 billion Urannah Dam scheme is a step closer, with the Federal and State governments signing a bilateral agreement to progress the project.

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the transformative project stood to open up 20,000ha of prime agricultural land and support more than 1,800 jobs.

“This dam could help provide viable water sources to support 30 active projects and 71 new local projects, highlighting the importance of this investment for communities of Central and North Queensland,” Ms Landry said.

The Urannah project proposed by Bowen River Utilities centres on a new 970-gigalitre dam on the Broken River south-east of Collinsville.

It would also include a pumped hydro-electricity power scheme as well as a water pipeline network and an irrigated precinct for high-value agriculture.

Related: The Urannah Dam project procurement opportunities will be presented at the online Connecting Renewable Energy Conference Queensland on April 7.

The Federal Government in July provided an additional $12.65 million towards the business case and approvals, taking its total funding for early project works to $22.65 million.

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said the business case includes detailed technical assessments and an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to advance the project towards investment consideration.

“The current proposal for the 970 gigalitre Urannah Dam includes a water pipeline network, an irrigated precinct, and pumped hydro-electricity storage and power generation infrastructure,” Mr Christensen said.

“The Australian Government has committed more than $1.15 billion to improving water infrastructure across Queensland as part of the 10-year National Water Grid construction program.”

This article first appeared in Industry Queensland.

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