The Liberal and National’s Government is committing $5 million to road infrastructure for the Emu Swamp Dam on Queensland’s Severn River.
Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals’ Leader and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said the $5 million in funding would be provided through the Liberal and Nationals’ Government’s $4.5 billion Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative.
“Safer roads save lives. They also create jobs and opportunities locally, and we want to ensure rural and regional communities also grow and create jobs as part of our record $100 billion infrastructure package.
“That’s why programs such as the ROSI initiative help fix country roads, ensuring our farmers, truckies and small businesses can get product to market sooner and we can all drive on safer roads.”
Local MP and Minister for Water Resources, David Littleproud, said the announcement built on the Federal Liberals and Nationals’ $42 million commitment to jointly fund the dam.
“Building Emu Swamp Dam will create more than 700 jobs and local water security.
“This $5 million investment will get the site ready to go so construction crews can get in and build the dam.
“It will also build new roads to replace the ones that would be flooded when the dam fills.
“This removes a big barrier for the project so the State Labor Government has no excuses to hold the dam up.”