PARADISE DAM

PARADISE DAM SHOULD BE REMOVED OR SIGNIFICANTELY LOWERED

WBBEC media release Paradise Dam removal 18 th March 2013

Media Release

19/03/2013

PARADISE DAM SHOULD BE REMOVED OR SIGNIFICANTLEY MODIFIED

Paradise Dam was conceived and constructed on a political whim by the Beattie government in an attempt to retain the then labor seat of Bundaberg , a flawed economic report was used to justify its construction , based on assumptions that significant agricultural expansion from the project would lead to 7,700 FTE positions , none of which have been created , “ Peter Beattie used the ‘build it and they will come political Philosophy , which has clearly failed , there is no economic demand in the next 30 years  for the 120,000 MGL yield sitting behind the wall of this Qld Labor white elephant. Paradise Dam has not met any of its purported social , economical and ecological outcomes”, said President Roger Currie .

The dam was designed to create $2B of annual regional economic stimulus to the Widebay Burnett regional economy, and create nearly [1]8000 new jobs, this has clearly not happened, the dam has suffered significant operational damage from the 2011 and 2013 floods , “ after being involved with this project for a decade ,  the questions I put to the Newman Government who have ‘inherited’ this water resources nightmare are ;

  • What significant economic , social and ecological outcomes  does this damaged infrastructure deliver to the region  ,?
  • Would its removal or significant lowering impact flood levels downstream?, and
  • If the dam delivers no significant economic , social and ecological outcomes to the region , and repair bill is ca $10M , what is it being repaired for ?
  • Is the dam considered essential for mining expansion in the Burnett Region?

For more information contact Roger Currie:

BH 07 41 943 260  MOB  0448 917 571


[1] NECG, 2001, Executive summary “Indicative economic impacts of additional water storage infrastructure in the Burnett Region” , prepared for Burnett Water Pty Ltd .

WETDREAM ECONOMICS PTY LTD

Click on this link to read about the fantasy called ” more jobs than you can poke a stick at” AKA BEATTIE WET DREAMING IN PARADISE

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