Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Dam Divides Its Stakeholders

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Dam Divides Its Stakeholders

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THE man spearheading a native title claim on proposed Urannah Dam land has now vowed to block its construction at every turn, including through the courts.

Spokesperson for the Widi and Birriah people, Ken Dodd, said he strongly opposed the dam project, adding that the Widi people had not authorised the owners of Urannah Station to act on their behalf.

They believe sacred ancestral sites will be destroyed by the dam's construction and the habitat of the endangered Irwin's turtle will be lost.

Mr Dodd said his group would challenge the project in court.

But despite Mr Dodd's concerns, Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen gathered key proponents of the Urannah Dam to spruik its benefits in Mackay last Friday. They discussed their push for funding and design of the infrastructure project that has been on the drawing board for more than 20 years.

Mr Christensen remains insistent the dam will open up 12,000 hectares of agricultural land and provide 6000 new jobs. …

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