Wednesday, 27 May 2020

The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government will commit an additional $3 million to complete the final stage of the Charleston Dam project in Far North Queensland.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the project would deliver a more reliable water supply to strengthen the Georgetown and Forsayth communities.

“Water is the lifeblood of our nation and we owe it to our regional producers and communities to deliver long-term, sustainable water infrastructure so they can continue to grow the world’s best food and fibre,” Mr McCormack said.

“This particular project will be critical in supporting the local agricultural and clean energy industry and will help to build resilience to drought.

“The extra funding available demonstrates the Government’s commitment to building the water infrastructure of the 21st Century and supporting regional communities to prosper and grow, especially those in Far North Queensland.”

North Queensland-based LNP Senator Susan McDonald, who visited the dam site late last year, said while the primary purpose of the project was to bolster water supplies for local communities, it will also provide a recreation area for locals to enjoy.

“Local infrastructure projects such as this are critical to boosting economic growth and improving facilities for locals and visitors alike,” Senator McDonald said.

“We know the key to unlocking the potential of regional Australia is simple – just add water.

“If our regions have access to secure water our towns prosper and our agricultural industries thrive. This is why the Liberal and Nationals Government is investing in water infrastructure heralding a new era for our regional communities and our regional economics.”

The funding would be in addition to $10 million already provided to Etheridge Shire Council for the project and is subject to the council providing relevant documentation in accordance with program guidelines.