FEDERAL Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter, has seized on the political and public momentum surrounding the development of Northern Australia.
This week Mr Katter asked the Prime Minister in Parliament to commit to the building of the Hell’s Gate dam and Upper Burdekin Irrigation Scheme (UBurIS).
Mr Katter asked the question during Question Time:
“The Hell’s Gate Dam UBurIS irrigation scheme is the only project that has received Federal funding - bipartisan.
Queensland and New South Wales now mandate ethanol in fuel. This with new cattlefeed technologies makes irrigation profitable. In light of discussions between Queensland’s Premier and America on its Green Fleet – Pacific Fleet biofuelling.
Would you not see UBurIS Hell’s Gate as the most ‘immediate’ project for Minister Frydenberg’s $5000m North Australia Fund?”
Last week we had further discussions with the major corporation assessing the ... Hell's Gate dam irrigation project.Bob Katter
Mr Katter said that after years of championing the Hell’s Gate dam/ UBurIS project, he could see it was finally within reach.
“Last week we had further discussions with the major corporation assessing the UBurIS / Hell’s Gate dam irrigation project,” Mr Katter said.
“They have some of their post senior people working upon this and we have organised for them to meet with the Federal Minister next week.
“These are not just politicians blowing their bagpipes, these are commercial corporations. They believe the project to be commercially attractive.
“And two of them are two of the most successful business and governmental figures in Australia,” Mr Katter said.
The Prime Minister commended Mr Katter’s advocacy for the project and said that the Government was committed to water development within Northern Australia.
This comes with projects identified for construction to be announced within the next few months.