by Peter Carruthers
A PLAN to make available 1.5 million litres of water 60kms south east of Collinsville is back on track after the minister Mark Bailey returned to duty late last week.
The Federal Government released $3 million for a feasibility study on the proposed Urannah Dam in April this year but the money has been gathering dust while the State Government decides about the fund's allocation.
Yesterday a ministerial visit to Mackay by the water supply minister, Mr Bailey, provided the members of the group spearheading the study, the Bowen Collinsville Enterprise, a chance to seek a resolution to the delay.
Water project co-ordinator with Bowen Collinsville Enterprise, David Evans, said a conference call with the minister was planned.
"Discussions are currently preceding with Minister Bailey and the Department of Energy and Water Supply in relation to funding that has already been approved by the Federal Government,” he said. "We are hoping for a successful resolution to the matter in the near future.”
In March Mr Bailey said said the funding was for feasibility assessment and made no promises the dam would be built.
"If the project is shown to have merit and net benefit to the community there may be further detailed consideration and assessments, including further detailed environmental assessments,” he said.
Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan has accused the Palaszczuk Labor Government of stalling on the release of Federal Government funding.
"Labor continues to fail workers by failing to embrace major job creation infrastructure projects in regional Queensland like the Urannah Dam which can drive our economy into the 21st century and provide water security for the Whitsundays,” he said.