State Govt hits back at dam fears

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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.”

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