Proposed $2.9 billion Urannah Dam will generate 1,200 jobs


A proposed $2.9 billion dam in Queensland has shown positive signs for the state's economy.

Queensland’s Coordinator-General has declared a new coordinated project with the potential to create local jobs and provide water security for agriculture, industry and mines in the central region of the state.

The Urannah Dam project is set to go through an impact assessment process to evaluate any significant social, environmental, economical and cultural impacts that the works may have on the region. 

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk indicated the project has the potential to create as many as 1200 full-time equivalent jobs during construction and 675 full-time jobs once operations have commenced.

“Jobs and water security are two of the most important things for Queensland right now,” the Premier said.

“Progressing projects like this will help to secure our state’s future.

“My government is committed to supporting Queensland's economy by supporting our key regional sectors, including agriculture.

“If we’re backing industry and helping facilitate big projects, we’re putting more Queenslanders into jobs.”


If the project goes ahead, it will have a capacity of up to 1.5 million megalitres of water housed in the new dam on the Broken River, as well as a water pipeline network and an irrigated precinct for high value agriculture. 

The works will also include a pumped hydro-electricity power scheme in the upper Broken River Valley, just north-west of Mackay. 

Member for Mackay and Assistant Minister for State Development Julieanne Gilbert said the proponent, Bowen River Utilities, will now begin preparing a comprehensive environmental impact statement (EIS).

“This project potentially means water security and jobs for our part of Queensland,” Ms Gilbert said.

“The ongoing rigorous assessment will include extensive community consultation, so locals can help shape the requirements of the EIS.”

Water infrastructure investment made by the Palaszczuk Government includes:

  • $176 million for the creation of Rookwood Weir
  • $215 million for the Haughton Pipeline Duplication Project (Stage 1) in Townsville, and sealing a $24 million deal for the next stage of assessment for the proposed Hells Gates Dam
  • $28 million to modernise an existing open channel irrigation scheme on the Tablelands
  • $13.6 million to kick-start the new Emu Swamp Dam

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