State Govt hits back at dam fears
THE State Government has hit back hard after Burnett MP Stephen Bennett and Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington attacked new safety standards that could dramatically impact how Bundaberg region farmers and irrigators use Paradise Dam.
Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Anthony Lynham said Mr Bennett and Ms Frecklington’s claims were pure “scaremongering”, which “has become the LNP’s modus operandi”.
“No decision has yet been made on Paradise Dam, as numerous options are carefully considered by DNRME and SunWater,” he said.
“To say a proposal, not even adopted, is ‘putting Queenslanders’ lives at risk’ is irresponsible, attempted political point-scoring at its worst.”
Dr Lynham said claims the government was anti-farming and had caved in to inner-city green groups were “ludicrous”.
“It is important to note that since the dam’s construction in 2005, water usage by the surrounding industries and communities has not exceeded 11 per cent of the dam’s capacity.
“As with any capital works program, which spends taxpayer money, it is vital to determine if there is sufficient need for the resource, which is why the State Government is currently looking at the options.”