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‘Give us water!’: QLD government standing in the way of new dam

The Queensland government has been accused of sitting on the approval for the state’s first new dam in 30 years.

The proposed project, situated in the small northwest Queensland town of Hughenden, has already secured $180 million in federal government funding.

It would provide irrigation for more than 10,000 hectares of farmland, but the Palaszczuk government is yet to approve the dam.

State MP Robbie Katter tells Ray Hadley there’s no reason for the government to reject the project.

“This is about the only chance we’ve got for survival… give us industry-enabling infrastructure like this, give us water!

“You could not reconcile any empathy the state government would show for drought or victims of drought and stand by not racing this dam to the finish line.

“We don’t need any state government money with this. We just need them to stand aside, let us build it… and give these people a future, please.”

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