Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington with attendees at the community meeting in June 2014 to discuss the the proposed Linville Dam.
Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington with attendees at the community meeting in June 2014 to discuss the the proposed Linville Dam.

Deb Frecklington attacks Labor for withdrawing dam plans

Newly promoted shadow minister for agriculture Deb Frecklington has attacked the state Labor Government for its "knee-jerk reaction" to the flood mitigation dam proposals.

A prefeasibilty study released by the former government in December had identified three options for further investigation including new dams at Willowbank and Linville and raising the wall at Wivenhoe.

However earlier this week new Minister for Energy and Water Supply Mark Bailey said Labor had no plans to progress the proposal "at this time" but would "seek a full briefing from the Department of Energy and Water Supply."

Mrs Frecklington said she was disappointed Minister Bailey rejected the proposal before he even received a proper departmental briefing.

"People living in the Linville area were hoping to understand fairly soon whether or not the Dam would become a reality, and they were keen to start making plans, whatever the decision may have been," Ms Frecklington said.

"Now, the proposal will just keep hanging over their heads, which is not a good outcome."

The member for Nanango asked Labor what was their plan if they weren't going to progress these flood mitigation options.

"You just can't leave people without answers like this," Ms Frecklington said.

"I'll be writing to the Minister to address this issue."


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