Charters Towers Regional Council says it will push for maximum local involvement and benefits from the Federal Government’s recent $234 million funding announcement to kick of the Big Rocks Weir project ($54 million) near Charters Towers and the proposed Hughenden Irrigation Scheme ($180 million).
Mayor Liz Schmidt said she wanted to acknowledge Member for Kennedy Bob Katter and the Federal Government in supporting this investment in critical regional water infrastructure.
“Although this funding announcement is welcomed, there is still much work to be done to ensure that the Big Rocks Weir becomes a reality and that the Charters Towers community maximises local economic outcomes and job creation,” Cr Schmidt said.
“Charters Towers Regional Council embarked on this journey over two years ago, partnering with other key regional stakeholders to define the development opportunity associated with the Hells Gates Dam Irrigation Scheme.”
The Hells Gates Dam feasibility study, funded by the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund, was completed in July 2018 and identified Big Rocks Weir as a critical first phase development supportive of establishing up to 5000ha of high value irrigated agricultural land adjacent to the weir site.
“It is our council’s intention to maximise this opportunity and deliver upon this objective,” Cr Schmidt said. “I am determined that Charters Towers Regional Council and our regional partners remain influential through the business case and development process, ensuring local interests are prioritised.”