Dec 06, 2019

Call for help to finish Forsayth dam

Call for help to finish Forsayth dam

Traeger MP Robbie Katter is calling for a State cash injection to help finish the Charleston Dam, outside Forsayth in the Etheridge Shire.

Mr Katter said the dam had been under construction for the last two years after it secured $10 million in Commonwealth funding in 2016.

The project would provide 100ML of water per year to the Forsayth township and 500ML of water to Georgetown when complete, he said.

In a Question on Notice put to Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Dr Anthony Lynham this week, Mr Katter called on Labor to provide the remaining $2 million needed to make the project a reality.

Mr Katter said the Etheridge Shire Council had appealed to the State Government numerous times in recent years for help with building the dam, but were always knocked back.

“If the State Government is serious about creating sustainable jobs and growth in rural and regional Queensland, then they need to prioritise industry-enabling infrastructure such as dams,” he said.

“For too long, water supply has been a big concern in Forsayth and Georgetown and yet the State Government has refused to lift a finger. “

But Dr Lynham said the Queensland Government had a range of grant programs which the Etheridge Shire Council could consider for its water supply infrastructure.

“The council can also look at re-prioritising its existing funding arrangements to assist with the Charleston Dam’s construction,” he said.

“Recently the Etheridge Shire has received Queensland Government grants of $2 million for a business case for the Gilbert River Irrigation Project and $1 million for water treatment and reservoir infrastructure at Forsayth.”

Etheridge Shire councillor Ted Louden and Mayor Warren Devlin with Traeger MP Robbie Katter at the Charleston Dam site.