24 Oct State and Federal MPs demand “DAM answers”
MPS HAVE KICKED OFF A SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN TO ASK QUEENSLAND PREMIER ANNASTACIA PALASZCZUK: WHAT’S YOUR DAM PLAN?
Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt, Federal Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd, State Member for Callide Colin Boyce, State Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett and State Member for Bundaberg David Batt have banded together to demand answers from the State Government around Paradise Dam and current and future water security in the region. Federal Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd said the Paradise Dam crisis has hit home again to farmers that the State Government does not really care about agriculture and farm viability or the livelihoods of farmers and their families, and farmworkers. “What will happen if we don’t get a wet season? What will the farmers do then? The last thing the State Government should be doing in times of drought is reducing a dam’s storage capacity,” Mr O’Dowd said. “No matter if it is irrigators on the Boyne, Burnett, Barambah or Coalstoun Lakes and Wallaville they need water security. We need water infrastructure and we needed it six years ago. If we can’t obtain water from Paradise Dam, the State Government must work with the Commonwealth to achieve our goals for the agricultural industry which means better and sustainable water security and infrastructure,” he said. All five members of parliament want answers from the State Labour Government as to what their dam plan actually is.