Dam time­lines

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE Mem­ber for Bur­nett has lashed out at the State Govern­ment over the “lack of govern­ment ac­tion” on time­lines to fix Par­adise Dam. Stephen Ben­nett said the State Govern­ment had pushed back its busi­ness case into up­grades on the dam “in­def­i­nitely”. He said the lack of ac­tion was an on­go­ing prob­lem that needed to be ad­dressed.

“Not only did we know that in 2013 we had some se­vere dam­age to the spill­way, now we can’t see when they will ever give con­sid­er­a­tion to what would be a ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture spend,” Mr Ben­nett said.

“We need in­fra­struc­ture. We need the jobs that come with this.” He pointed to “prom­ises made last year of what we could have ex­pected in busi­ness cases”, which he claimed were now be­ing pushed back by six to 12 months. He said the re­cent Build­ing Queens­land re­port out­lined nec­es­sary im­prove­ments to the pri­mary and sec­ondary spill­way, af­ter the 2013 floods caused a se­ries of is­sues to the over­all dam struc­ture.

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