Thirty New Dams to Boost Construction Employment

According to reports Tony Abbott has received a shortlist of 30 potential dam projects from a ministerial task force headed by Agricultural Minister Barnaby Joyce. The Coalition’s Infrastructure campaigning during the last federal election seems to be coming to fruition, or at least plans seem to be underway.

The list contains the names of new dams for construction as well as the names of existing dams for expansion in Tasmania, Western Australia, Queensland and NSW.

According to an article on the following are some of dams contained in the shortlist,

dam11In the Sunshine State, proposed projects include a new dam on the Fitzroy River just south of Rockhampton, the expansion of the Burdekin Dam in the north of the state, and the Nathan Dam near Brisbane.

A raft of new dam projects are envisaged for NSW, including an upgrade of the Chaffey Dam near Tamworth and the Menindee Lakes upgrade, both of which have received funding commitments from the Commonwealth, as well as the Needles Gap Dam and the Apsely Dam, which was shelved in the 1980s by the Wran government.

The shortlist also includes the third stage of the Ord River Scheme in the northernmost part of Western Australia, which could help shift water from Western Australia back into the Northern Territory, and a dam project in north-west Tasmania.

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The article reminded readers of the fact that the Coalition made the construction of more dams a part of its federal election campaign when Tony Abbott also labelled himself as an “infrastructure Prime Minister in waiting”.

According to the Agricultural Minister the dams are primarily aimed at supporting the nation’s expansion agriculturally and in the mining sector which also demands a lot of water in its functioning. It is also hoped the mines will help revitalise the nation’s regional economies.

Agricultural Minister identified the need for more dams throughout the nation in order to prepare Oz for what Joyce described as a huge potential market for agricultural goods in Asia as well as to prepare for the for the next boom in the resources sector, which may be slowing down at the moment but will likely pick up again in the future.

Joyce also went on to describe how the damming of Queensland’s Fitzroy River and the construction of the Nathan Dam would provide the state with much needed water for the agriculture and mining industries.

Joyce went on to explain about the benefits of the shortlist:

Joyce said the delivery of the shortlist of dam projects was a sign of the government’s determination to make good on its infrastructure campaigning at the last election. He warned, however, that not all of the 30 projects on the shortlist, which had been narrowed down from a total of 100 proposals from prior to the election, were guaranteed to proceed, and that the assessment process was still ongoing.

According to government sources, around half of the projects on the list could commence work quickly, while the remainder would require further consideration.

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According to the article the federal cabinet will take into consideration the dams report over the next few weeks but the final decision on which project to support will be made by Prime Minister Tony Abbott thereafter.


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