Wivenhoe Dam
Wivenhoe Dam Derek Barry

Landholders want dam certainty: Labor

LABOR's shadow treasurer says the State Government needs to announce possible dam sites sooner rather than later for landholders' peace of mind.

Labor MP Curtis Pitt said the government had been "sitting" on making a decision on proposed new dams between Ipswich and Toowoomba for months.

But Water Minister Mark McArdle said the State Government would announce its dam investigation findings before the year's end.

"We did say we would release the details by the end of the year and we'll do that. It's as simple as that," he said on Monday.

The State Government will consider eight proposed sites for the new dams to minimise future flooding on the Bremer and Brisbane rivers.

Potential sites include dams near Linville, and Harlin, north of Esk; damming the Bremer River at Mt Walker; and the Lockyer Creek at the bottom of the Toowoomba range.

Along with the new dams the government is considering raising the Wivenhoe Dam wall.

"What communities want more than anything is certainty, especially when we're dealing with family homes and people's futures," Mr Pitt said.

"We know the LNP has over-promised its infrastructure spend from asset sales, so which dams will they actually be financing, and how much will they cost?

"The minister's been sitting on this decision since June, leaving many Queenslanders wondering if or when their homes are going to be resumed."

Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones was not able to make a comment Monday.

- APN NEWSDESK



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