So, Where's the Business Case for Burdekin Hydro?
ROCKHAMPTON-BASED MP Michelle Landry has contrasted Labor’s enthusiastic support for a hydro-electricity scheme on the Burdekin Dam with its “go slow tactics” on Rookwood Weir.
“The Labor State Government has won the support of the federal Labor party for a $200-million hydro-electricity plant on the Burdekin Dam inland of Townsville but still won’t commit to the Rookwood Weir project on the Fitzroy River near Rockhampton,” Ms Landry said today.
“Labor claims it has to wait for a business case before it can commit funds for Rookwood Weir but is there a business case for the Burdekin scheme? Not as far as I’ve heard, there isn’t.
“So, why is Labor pushing an unproven proposal in Townsville but dodging and weaving on a job-creating weir for Rockhampton?
“They want to fast-track a Townsville project that might produce 150 jobs and yet they continue with go-slow tactics on Rookwood, which we know would produce an extra billion dollars a year in farm income and more than 2,000 extra fulltime jobs. What’s their motive?”