Open­ing of fund­ing flood­gate ex­pected to re­shape the re­gion’s fu­ture

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CLARE ARM­STRONG

HELLS Gates Dam is a “on­cein- a- gen­er­a­tion project” that could set the fu­ture di­rec­tion for the de­vel­op­ment of North­ern Aus­tralia.

That is the view of Towns- ville En­ter­prise chief ex­ec­u­tive Pa­tri­cia O’Cal­laghan, who yes­ter­day wel­comed the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s $ 54 mil­lion fund­ing com­mit­ment to progress Hells Gates.

“This is a sig­nif­i­cant out­come for our re­gion that has come less than a month since we, with SMEC and Char­ters Tow­ers Re­gional Coun­cil con­firmed the vi­a­bil­ity of this $ 5.35 bil­lion ir­ri­gated agri­cul­ture and power project,” said Ms O’Cal­laghan ( pic­tured).

“Since then we and our

part­ners took the next step of mak­ing a strong case for gov­ern­ment fund­ing to­wards ro­bust en­vi­ron­men­tal and en­gi­neer­ing as­sess­ments.”

Ms O’Cal­laghan said Stage 1 of the project, which in­cludes s the con­struc­tion of Big Rocks s Weir, was a “vi­tal step for­ward” and would prove the po­ten­tial of Hells Gates as a na­tion- build­ing project.

“This is also great news for Char­ters Tow­ers in par­tic­u­lar in re­la­tion to Big Rocks and the op­por­tu­nity to kick- start that project as soon as pos­si­ble,” she said.

“Hells Gates is a once- in- agen­er­a­tion project that has the po­ten­tial to not only shape Townsville and North Queens­land’s fu­ture but set the di­rec­tion for the de­vel­op­ment of North­ern Aus­tralia.”

Ms O’Cal­laghan said Townsville En­ter­prise looked for­ward to work­ing through the de­tails of this com­mit­ment with gov­ern­ment.

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