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Splashing money around for a dam

man holding a jar of cash I wonder whether there are people reading this who have business ideas that they aren’t sure will return a profit. You’re not alone. However, some businesses seem to find it easy to get a helping hand from government to do the work that should be their own responsibility.

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LNP Urannah deal questioned

ABC News reporter, Mark Willacy, has been investigating the method by which a $3 million grant was made to a Brisbane company to undertake a feasibility study into a dam at Urannah Creek west of Mackay.

Earlier this year MCG engaged an engineer to undertake a review of the previous 18 studies into the possibility of constructing this dam. The review found that non of the previous studies found that the project would generate an economic return.

You can read our full report at: http://bit.ly/2djKZoS


Urannah Dam will waste taxpayers money

Urannah_landscapes-25_copy.jpegMackay Conservation Group released a report last week which shows that tens of millions of taxpayer’s dollars will be wasted if the proposed Urannah Dam west of Mackay goes ahead

The report is a review of 17 previous studies into the dam dating back to the 1960s, none of which have provided sufficient evidence to justify a new dam, yet the federal government has recently committed $3 million to an 18th feasibility study of the Urannah Dam proposal.

The report, An Economic Analysis Of The Urannah Dam Project, found that it is most likely that for every $1 spent on the dam, only 75 cents of economic benefit would be returned. Even the most optimistic scenario from previous studies shows that the Urannah Dam would barely break even.

The key findings of the report are:

  • The Urannah dam is a more expensive option to deliver water for irrigation, the Galilee basin, and for the Bowen region;
  • The Urannah dam is a cheaper option to supply water to the Bowen basin, however, there does not appear to be enough additional demand for water supply to warrant construction of another water source in the near future;
  • The Burdekin Falls Dam costs $11.5M per annum less than the proposed Urannah dam at delivering the same economic outcome;
  • The Urannah dam provides a return of $0.75 for every dollar invested assuming full consumption of water by agriculture and mining.
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Urannah Dam economic analysis

Download a copy of the report "An Economic Analysis Of The Urannah Dam Project" here: 

Urannah Dam economic analysis

 


Urannah Dam is for mining not agriculture

Irwin_Turtle_2.jpgUrannah Dam has been in the news a lot over the past year. Politicians have been talking up the proposal as a potential source of new water for agricultural land around Bowen. However, there are serious questions about whether farmers will ever see a drop of any water from this dam.

The Urannah Creek west of Eungella range is a beautiful place that has considerable environmental values. Its water flows into the Broken River and then into the Burdekin.It is home to the Irwin’s Turtle a unique species that was discovered in 1990 by Steve Irwin’s father Bob. 

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Urannah Dam will cost you money

For more than a decade Mackay Conservation Group has been voicing concerns about the proposed Urannah Dam that will flood some of the few remaining pristine river systems in Central Queensland. This dam was first put forward way back in the 1960s. An economic analysis back then found that the dam didn’t make sense. It still doesn’t.

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Dawson needs an MP who listens

Some people in the conservation movement will miss George Christensen when he leaves parliament and passes into political oblivion. His unique ability to be ineffective has meant that some of our region’s most environmentally damaging projects have not gone ahead.

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Media Release: Irwin's Turtle fundraiser exceeds expectations

Media Release

22 March 2021

Highlights:

  • Donors commit $29,000 to protect our rivers systems
  • Urannah Dam threatens a wetland of national significance that is home to 30 rare and threatened species.
  • Dam will return just 26 cents in benefits for every dollar it costs

 

The Swim For Our Rivers fundraising event held last Saturday raised a total of nearly $29,000 for campaigns to protect Irwin's Turtle and the Burdekin River system.

Mackay Conservation Group and North Queensland Conservation Council held simultaneous swim events in Mackay and Townsville on the weekend.

"We were really pleased with the level of support we received from our communities," said Peter McCallum, Mackay Conservation Group coordinator.

"235 individual donors contributed $120 each on average."

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Media Release: Community donates $10k to protect Steve Irwin's Turtle

16 March 2021

Highlights:

  • Turtle discovered by Steve Irwin could be sent to extinction by a dam
  • Community members raising funds to protect the turtle
  • Dam will return just 26 cents in benefits for every dollar it costs

Back in 1990, renowned naturalist Steve Irwin was fishing with his father Bob when he spotted an unusual looking turtle in the Burdekin River system. The pair captured and photographed the animal before releasing it back into the wild. The photos were sent to a researcher who believed it was new to science. 

It took another three years until scientists could examine a real turtle and confirm that it was in fact a new species. In honour of the Irwins, the turtle was named Elseya irwini, commonly known as Irwin's Turtle. 

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Save Urannah

Urannah Creek by Jeff Tan

Pristine Urannah Creek is one of Central Queensland's last wild spaces. It needs your help. This isolated habitat is a safe haven and home to Irwin's Turtle (discovered by famed naturalist Steve Irwin), as well as many other threatened plants and animals. The proposed Urannah Dam threatens this ecosystem and others that rely on the waters that flow from it. Urannah dam will flood this valley and reduce the quantity and quality of water that flows into the Burdekin River. Reduced water quality threatens the health of the Great Barrier Reef.

Wildlife will suffer and so will downstream farmers. Flow reduction will dramatically reduce groundwater recharge. To survive, many farmers will be forced to buy high cost irrigation water.

Urannah Creek is part of the traditional homeland of the Birri & Wiri people. They oppose this dam.

The Urannah Dam was first proposed in the 1960s. Every plan since then has failed to meet economic and environmental feasibility tests. The current proposal by Bowen River Utilities is no different. An independent economic analysis found the plan will return on 26¢ for every dollar it costs. Taxpayers and farmers will suffer financially if the project proceeds.

Urannah Dam is just one of four dam proposals within the Burdekin Basin. They will have a disturbing cumulative impacts on Queensland's largest river system. In the face of climate change we must act to protect Urannah Creek to ensure its health and the health of our river systems for generations to come.

 

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