Bowen River Utilities, developer of the Urannah Water Scheme has enthusiastically welcomed the announcement today by the Queensland Government that Urannah Dam has been declared a ‘Coordinated Project’. Managing Director, John Cotter said that this “reinforces the strategic significance of the project in delivering thousands of jobs, water security, growth in the agriculture sector and the next generation of infrastructure”.
“With Queensland facing some tough times ahead, this project is a glimmer of hope for the Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac regions which will deliver broad ranging economic benefits.” Mr Cotter said.
“This project, originally a vision set by our partners, the Bowen Collinsville Enterprise Inc (BCE), will be a game changer for the region. It doesn’t just deliver water security, but invests in agriculture and energy to drive economic benefits in the regions at a time when they need it the most.”
“We are currently 6 months into our studies to support the EIS process and this declaration from the Queensland Government will help streamline the process ensuring we can get boots on the ground as soon as possible.”
“The Scheme is the perfect example of the new world thinking that must be used to ensure water projects get beyond the feasibility stage, especially in these incredibly tough economic times.”
“Now, more than ever, we know how important projects like this are for North Queensland and our project team is working around the clock to ensure we work through our environmental approvals as efficiently as possible so that we can drive regional economic growth and deliver jobs.”
“We recently reached an important milestone with 70 people now working in our broader project team to deliver the Urannah Dam, Collinsville Irrigation and the Bowen Renewable Energy Hub projects.”
“As the only water infrastructure project in North Queensland that has attracted private investment we are confident that the Urannah Water Scheme will deliver water security, thousands of jobs, prime agricultural land, cheaper energy and flow on economic benefits for thousands of Queenslanders in the Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac Regions in the not too distant future.”