May 14, 2020

Feds feed dam funding for Etheridge Shire

Feds feed dam funding for Etheridge Shire The proposed Charleston Dam recreational precinct

Member for Kennedy Bob Katter is wiping the sweat from his brow and it’s not because of the weather.

The cool change came about as the Federal Government announced it would fund the completion of the Charleston Dam in the Etheridge Shire.

It was a relief said Mr Katter.

“The project was partially built when the funding dried up,” he said.

“Then Etheridge Shire Mayor, Warren Devlin approached me to secure an extra $3 m in funding so the project would be completed.

“We held a number of successful meetings with Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack, that have resulted in today’s announcement that the funding has been secured.”

The dam is located about 6km downstream of Forsayth and about 31km upstream of Georgetown on the Delaney River.

It is designed principally for town water supply purposes, as well as recreation. 

“I want to thank the Federal Government for agreeing to fund this, and I’d also like to thank the last two Mayors there who have driven me personally crazy about getting this project up, and for good reason,” Mr Katter said. 

“Forsayth services Cobbold Gorge which is one of the leading tourism attractions in Queensland.

“So this is a tremendous win not just for the residents of that town but also the future prosperity of a growing tourism region.

“The timing of the funding, around $3m, means the construction of the dam can be completed before the next wet season.

“We wish the current Council well with the completion of the project.”

Mr Katter said he hoped the Federal Government would fast-track the construction of other dam projects in North Queensland such as the Hughenden Irrigation Project, Big Rocks Weir and Hells Gates Dam.

“We must go into public works and we must fund ‘make money projects’ rather than ‘absorb money projects,” he said.

“Irrigation for large scale agricultural and industrial developments will see North Queensland flourish and reach its true potential.”