At the site of the proposed Barlil Weir in July  … from left, Adam and Hamish McVeigh, Damien Sippel, Stuart Nicholson and LNP Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd (Photo: BIEDO) 
Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington

October 25, 2020

The LNP has promised to build the much-discussed Barlil Weir on Barambah Creek should it win office at the October 31 State Election.

Opposition Leader and Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington made the $20 million pledge on Sunday.

Also promised was construction of the $25 million Cooranga Weir on the Boyne River, south of Mundubbera.

Both projects were identified in the recent joint Burnett Water Feasibility study by the South and North Burnett regional councils.

Mrs Frecklington said the Barlil Weir project would create about 3000 jobs while the Cooranga Weir would secure 900 existing jobs and create a further 2000 jobs once operating.

She said the two weirs were a key part of her party’s plan to double the value of Queensland’s agricultural output by 2035.

Mrs Frecklington said the new weirs would be in addition to the LNP’s commitment to fix Paradise Dam and restore it to its full previous supply level.

She said both projects would be fully funded by an LNP Government to get shovels in the ground as soon as possible.

LNP Member for Callide Colin Boyce said local growers have had to battle both drought and the State Labor Government.

“Water reliability is the biggest challenge farmers are facing and Labor has not lifted a finger to help us,” Mr Boyce said.

“The Cooranga Weir will drought-proof the Munduberra fruit bowl and unlock this region’s economic potential.

“The LNP’s investment in the weir will be repaid many times over with new jobs for local people – and that means more revenue to fund the schools, hospitals and police we need.”

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