Member for Dawson George Christensen is pushing for access to federal funding for the Urannah dam.
Member for Dawson George Christensen is pushing for access to federal funding for the Urannah dam. Stuart Quinn

Unallocated funds could put dam construction on track

AFTER 65 years of waiting and a dozen feasibility reports, Dawson MP George Christensen believes he can turn the dream of the Urannah dam into a reality.

After Tuesday night's release of the Federal Budget, Mr Christensen has his eyes locked on more than $500 million of unallocated funds within the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund. .

Mr Christensen said this time the dam would not be another election "myth”.

"Labor can call it a myth. The jobs and the opportunities that will come out of it are not mythical,” he said.

He said the potential $10 million funding would allow the project to finally break ground on early works.

Funding would also be used to secure the relevant state approvals, environmental studies setting up the design and engineering phase and all the other necessary "rigmarole”, Mr Christensen said.

Any government funding would see private investors "flood in” to meet the $673 million needed to complete the dam, he said.



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