Labor urged to re-think dam demolition plan

Thursday 30 April, 2020

The LNP is calling on Labor to halt the demolition of the Paradise Dam spillway as the Commission of Inquiry hands its report to the Palaszczuk Government today.

Labor has pressed ahead with the proposed tearing down of the spillway despite growing evidence that the dam can be repaired – and at a fraction of the $100m the Palaszczuk Labor Government plans to spend.

“Labor has not done a lot of listening so far, but I’m still hoping that they will see sense before they start tearing down Paradise Dam,” Ms Frecklington said.

“The future of jobs and businesses across the region depend on Paradise Dam.

“Labor needs to look at all of the evidence, consider the economic future of the Wide Bay Burnett region and stop the demolition.”

Ms Frecklington said Labor needed to look closely at the independent advice of US dam expert Dr Paul Rizzo, who has reported that the dam can be repaired for $25m.

“Water means jobs and jobs are desperately needed in the Wide Bay right now,” Ms Frecklington said.

“More than 1000 people became unemployed in the region in March, and that was before coronavirus restrictions began to hit the economy.

“This region cannot afford to lose water security and even more jobs.

“The LNP will fight to save Paradise Dam to build a stronger economy and support local farmers.”