Wednesday April 22, 2020
The LNP will use today’s sitting of Parliament to try to stop the Palaszczuk Labor Government from pulling down the Paradise Dam spillway.
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the LNP would attempt to move amendments to the Covid-19 Emergency Response Bill to prevent the demolition work from going ahead.
Ms Frecklington said there was now clear independent advice that the dam could be fixed at fraction of the cost claimed by Labor and without causing lasting damage to the Wide Bay economy.
“The LNP will do everything we can to stop Labor tearing down Paradise Dam,” Ms Frecklington said.
“There is now independent expert advice showing the dam can be fixed at a reasonable cost and this must be fully explored.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government is spending $100 million to lower the Paradise Dam wall, despite independent experts like Dr Paul Rizzo saying it can be fixed for $25 million.
“The LNP will move amendments to stop the dam being ripped down until further testing and analysis can be done.
“The LNP will work with experts such as Dr Rizzo to fix Paradise Dam.
“I know how important the Paradise Dam is to this region.
“Water means jobs and a future for the people who rely on the dam.
“We cannot afford to lose water and lose jobs.
“Queensland needs to save every single job it can right now.
“I’m asking Labor to see sense, look at the evidence and stop the demolition.”