State go-ahead for Hells Gates Dam study
Natural Resources Minister Dr Anthony Lynham today announced that the State would sign a bilateral agreement with the Commonwealth to progress further assessment.
“I know our three local Members of Parliament in Townsville and the people of North Queensland want to see this project progress,” he said.
“We’ve listened and we will work with the Commonwealth to continue the investigation of the Hells Gates proposal.
“However the Palaszczuk Government’s bottom line remains that any major investment like this needs to deliver value for money for Queensland taxpayers.
“And this includes conducting geotechnical assessments to determine the infrastructure and construction costs.
“The best way to establish that is for a detailed assessment that establishes all the costs and benefits.”
Townsville Enterprise Limited conducted an initial assessment of the Hells Gates Dam last year for the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund. TEL will lead the new assessment.
The Hells Gates project would dam the Upper Burdekin north of Charters Towers to provide long-term water security for Townsville and supply water to a 50,000ha.
The proposal includes the Big Rocks Weir for long-term water security for Charters Towers Regional Council.