Australia McCormack, Katter dispute Hell's Gates Dam

10:15  23 april  2021
10:15  23 april  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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Mr Katter said the Hell ’ s Gate proposal opens up vast areas of Western Qld but also has the potential to be the first clean energy project in Australian history, “The real heart of this project is the potential of 00m a year from Ethanol, sugar, electricity, and diesel (bio) thanks to the magnificent work done by JCU. “I’m confident with Federal Government cooperation half of Nth Qld’s current electricity can be provided from this project at rates infinitely cheaper than that provided by electricity pumped up from Southern Qld power stations. “The dam proposal holds the water a whopping 300 metres above

Become a HELLS GATE DAM advocate. Tell everyone you meet and turn them into an advocate. Pollies only listen when enough people get in their face. Sign the online petition today and most importantly share this page with your family and friends. Hells Gates Dam and associated schemes will be the project that saves Charters Towers and boost the economy for North Queensland. BUT. The State Government, which has jurisdiction over the states' s rivers, still has to approve Big Rocks Weir.

Hundreds of thousands of hectares of irrigation land in Queensland will be wasted unless the federal government commits to a 395 metre wall for the Hell's Gates Dam, independent MP Bob Katter says.

Bob Katter wearing a suit and hat: Bob Katter is calling on the federal government to commit to a 395 metre wall at Hell's Gate Dam. © Glenn Hunt/AAP PHOTOS Bob Katter is calling on the federal government to commit to a 395 metre wall at Hell's Gate Dam.

The Hell's Gates Dam is a $5.35 billion irrigated agricultural and power project on the upper Burdekin River.

It is believed to have the potential to redefine northern Queensland's agriculture sector and underpin long term export market growth and investment.

As part of the Bradfield Scheme, which was originally designed to drought-proof much of western Queensland and expanses of South Australia, stage one of the Hell's Gate Dam proposes a diversion of water down a 150 kilometre channel to an area southwest of Charters Towers.

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The prime minister on Thursday signed a deal with Mr Katter , locking in the Queensland MP' s vote on issues of confidence and supply. In return, the government will fund up to 0 million for the Hughenden irrigation scheme and million for the Hells Gate Dam . "The agreement will support the continued stability of the government and us getting on with the job," Mr Morrison said in a statement on Thursday. "It will protect against political disruption by the opposition." The coalition lost its majority when independent Kerryn Phelps won Malcolm Turnbull' s old seat of Wentworth, leaving Mr Morrison

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Mr Katter believes if the dam wall isn't erected 395 metres high, 350,000 hectares of land for irrigation will be wasted.

"He (the deputy PM) has got a scheme that's going to irrigate 50,000 acres of land and I'll tell you who will own that land, it will be the cotton kings of NSW who bank roll his political party," the maverick MP said.

"I'm calling him out because I have been nice long enough."

Mr Katter is adamant the stated specifications of the Hell's Gates project are imperative to sustainable irrigation for the region.

"The Australian people know that this is a grand scheme to get the water to the other side of the Great Dividing Range where it can be used," he said.

"It produces all of North Queensland electricity, it produces seven per cent of Australia's petrol, it produces 13 per cent of Australia's beef production, and it produces one and a half per cent of Australia's timber, each of those secondary industries."

When asked about the height stipulations for Hell's Gates, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said it was important to follow the directions of experts.

"That's why we do a business case, that's why we do the geotechnics, that's why we get the world's experts and engineers in to see what we can do," he said.

"When we do build it, and we will, we want to make sure that it's at the right capacity to enhance that agriculture."

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