KEEP IT FLOWING: Cr Vic Pennisi is urging the council to source funding opportunities for Emu Swamp Dam.
KEEP IT FLOWING: Cr Vic Pennisi is urging the council to source funding opportunities for Emu Swamp Dam. Emma Boughen

Councillor questions commitment to Emu Swamp Dam

WE'RE either in this or we're not.

That's the message from Emu Swamp Dam supporter Cr Vic Pennisi to his fellow councillors.

Cr Pennisi has questioned the council's commitment to the proposed Emu Swamp Dam, urging councillors not to miss out on the "bucketfuls" of funding opportunities available.

The passionate Emu Swamp Dam supporter raised the issue at a council meeting in Warwick yesterday.

Cr Pennisi called on the council to make a submission for funding under the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund, which closes in January.

"There is a bucket of money that sits there to progress this project," he said.

"The money is there now, its available to us now - it's ear-tagged for projects such as this."

It has been more than a year since Emu Swamp Dam was given the tick of approval by the Federal Government.

The dam was also mentioned in the Federal Government's Agriculture Competitiveness White Paper earlier this year.

Cr Pennisi called on his colleagues to continue to support the official council motion to progress the dam.

"We should be doing everything we can to progress this," he said.

"We're either in or we're out." Mayor Peter Blundell, who has changed his position on the dam several times, suggested consulting with the Queensland Treasury Corporation to see if the council was in a financial position to handle it. The projected cost of the Emu Swamp Dam project is currently at $76 million and rising.

The council only has $10,000 allocated towards Emu Swamp Dam.

CEO David Keenan will lodge the application for funding, taking into account recommendations from the project control group.



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