Frus­trat­ing de­ci­sions

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE rapid fast-tracked de­ci­sion of the Queens­land State Gov­ern­ment to spend $200 mil­lion to buy into Vir­gin Aus­tralia to save about 5000 jobs, mainly in the south­east cor­ner of Queens­land, is at stark con­trast to the Queens­land State Gov­ern­ment’s ar­bi­trary ill-ad­vised de­ci­sion to tear down the Par­adise Dam spill­way by 5 me­tres, putting 8000-plus farm­ing jobs at risk and hav­ing a po­ten­tial $2.4 bil­lion im­pact on the Wide Bay community over the next 30 years.

With Sun­wa­ter low­er­ing the dam water level to 42 per cent ca­pac­ity, the ev­i­dence clearly shows the risks can now be safely man­aged un­til the in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­quired can be completed al­low­ing the dam to be fully re­paired and re­stored to its max­i­mum full sup­ply level.

The lack of process by Queens­land State Gov­ern­ment is high­lighted in the Build­ing Queens­land report of Fe­bru­ary 2020 which stated the op­tion to re­tain the full ca­pac­ity of the dam was essen­tially an in­com­plete so­lu­tion and that ad­di­tional work was re­quired.

It is shock­ing that Queens­land State Gov­ern­ment has made a ma­jor de­ci­sion with sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic ram­i­fi­ca­tions based on in­com­plete in­for­ma­tion. It is clear the process failed.

To date the in­com­plete work re­mains out­stand­ing, and as shown in the re­cent Rizzo report, re­tain­ing the dam’s full sup­ply level is a truly vi­able op­tion, and it can be done at a likely cost for a sim­i­lar in­vest­ment by Queens­land State Gov­ern­ment to­wards sav­ing Vir­gin Aus­tralia.

Re­pair­ing Par­adise Dam as per the Rizzo report rec­om­men­da­tions could save 8000-plus jobs.

The ac­tions (or the lack thereof) by the Queens­land State Gov­ern­ment that af­fect re­gional Queens­land is in­creas­ingly build­ing frus­tra­tion and an­i­mos­ity to­wards south­east Queens­land and the Queens­land State Gov­ern­ment.

Ste­nen Daw, Bund­aberg

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