Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Environmental Impacts of Urannah 'A Concern'

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Environmental Impacts of Urannah 'A Concern'

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Emily Smith

emily.smith@dailymercury.com.au

IT MAKES no sense to build Urannah dam when there's still water available in existing dams, the Mackay Conservation Group says.

Patricia Julien from the MCG said the Burdekin Dam had not filled its allocation.

After decades of talk about building the dam, 60km west of Calen, there are plans under way to hand a scoping study to government next month, to help secure funds to further the project. But Whitsunday Economic Development Strategic Advisory Group chairman Dave Nebauer said while there was water available at the Burdekin, many irrigators couldn't access it.

"The issue for Bowen growers is they can't access the water because they can't get at it," he said.

"If the Elliot Main Channel was built, they would be able to access it then."

Ms Julien also asked why the walls of the Burdekin Dam weren't simply made higher, to ensure more water could be stored.

But Mr Nebauer said this water would be difficult to use without "very substantial" pumping costs. …

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