Hard-working federal MP Michelle Landry has urged the State Government to get moving on developing Rookwood Weir, with today’s EIS approval clearing the final regulatory hurdle for the project to go ahead.
Queensland’s Coordinator General has given environmental approval to the Rookwood Weir, which forms part of the Lower Fitzroy Infrastructure Project.
“This is the last regulatory hurdle to get this project off the ground, and I welcome this positive step,” Ms Landry said.
“But the State Government is still dragging its heels on getting this project started.
“It had to be dragged kicking and screaming to sign up to the business case, despite being totally funded by the Federal Government.
“The state government is running scared at losing Greens votes in Brisbane, and cannot commit to building dams in Central Queensland.”
Ms Landry says the State Government now has no excuse for inaction on Rookwood Weir.
“Rookwood Weir has the potential to create 2,000 new jobs in our region, and will kick start a $1 billion expansion of our agricultural sector,” Ms Landry said.
“That money will flow into small businesses, rejuvenating local hardware stores, hairdressers, clothing stores, and our shopping centres.
“It truly is a no-brainer, which is why I’ve been fighting for it for the past three years.
“The Federal Government has stumped up funding for this project. Now it’s time for the State Government to commit its fair share.”