Why SDRC won't contribute to Emu Swamp Dam
THE Emu Swamp Dam project will not receive funding from the Southern Downs Regional Council, according to Mayor Tracy Dobie.
During a meeting between the council and community members this week, Peter Kemp questioned the mayor about the council's contribution to the project.
"We have zero dollars for it in the budget,” Cr Dobie said.
"It is not our plan to contribute finances to Emu Swamp Dam.”
As Stanthorpe fast drains of water, Emu Swamp has been heralded as an important source of increased water security for the region.
The proposed urban and irrigation dam on the Severn River would have a storage capacity of 10,500 megalitres and ideally deliver 2490 megalitres per annum to the region, according to the Queensland Government's report.
It is estimated that it would also create 145 construction jobs on the Southern Downs, with the number of operational jobs yet to be determined.
SDRC chief executive officer David Keenan said the council had not received any requests from higher levels of governments to assist in financing.
"Most of the money has come from the Federal Government and farmers,” Mr Keenan said.
The dam's approval now rests with the Queensland State Government after Federal Minister for Drought David Littleproud secured an additional $5 million towards dam road infrastructure, in addition to the $42 million of federal funds already committed to the project.
"We're determined to build the dam,” Mr Littleproud said.
"Now we need the Queensland Government to cut a cheque.”
Issues regarding water allocation are preventing the state government from giving its final tick of approval, according to Cr Dobie.
"Those issues need to be resolved before anyone can talk seriously about funding,” she said.