Connors River Dam EIS approved by Commonwealth

20 Apr 2012

Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Jeff Seeney

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney has welcomed the Commonwealth's approval of the environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Connors River Dam and Pipeline project.

SunWater's $1.2 billion project involves a 373,662 megalitre capacity dam and a 133 km pipeline from the dam to Moranbah.

The proponent anticipates construction could potentially start in late 2012, with first water delivered in 2016.

"This important project will underpin the water supply needs for the development of this resource industry corridor, and the towns that support it," Mr Seeney said.

"SunWater intends to transfer approximately 49,500 ML of water per annum from the dam via the pipeline as far as Moranbah, to service coal mines and associated communities in central Queensland.

"Water may also be released downstream for purchase and use by irrigators (up to 5000 ML per annum) and the project would provide sufficient water to ensure necessary environmental flows down the river.

"It will help facilitate the delivery of reliable water supplies to the Bowen and Galilee coal basins, as well as the townships of Nebo, Moranbah and Alpha.

"The construction phase of this dam alone would create more than 620 construction jobs and up to 8 operational jobs.

"It would be an economic shot in the arm to the region and play a role in attracting more people to live in the region."

The Deputy Premier said the Federal Environment Minister had been guided by the Coordinator-General's Evaluation Report released on 20 January 2012.

"The Minister's decision was due on the 25 February 2012 so while the decision is positive, it is unfortunate that we see the unnecessary delay on the part of the Commonwealth after Queensland has done all the necessary rigorous work," Mr Seeney said.

The CG's conditions also require the contribution of $1.25 million over five years to implement measures identified in the conservation plan.


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