Senate debates

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Questions without Notice

Northern Australia

2:53 pm

Photo of Matthew CanavanMatthew Canavan (Queensland, Liberal National Party, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia) Share this | Hansard source

It is not just the Rookwood weir, as exciting as I think that project is in the Fitzroy River catchment area, which is, after the Murray-Darling, the country's second largest catchment area. There are other projects in that river system such as the Urannah Dam, for which we have put money aside for planning works. There is the Burdekin catchment further north of that, where there are three projects for which we have put money aside for further planning works. There is the Mitchell River in the cape, which has enormous untapped potential. Of course, we will need a state Labor government willing to support Indigenous communities in the cape that want to develop their land and irrigate. There are the gulf rivers—the Flinders and Gilbert rivers—for which we have put money aside for the CSIRO to develop. Again, we are waiting on the state government to issue water licences there. There is groundwater around the Darwin region in the Northern Territory, and there is more work being done by the CSIRO in Western Australia on raising the dam wall on the Ord and on options with the Fitzroy River in the West Kimberley. This is a government that is committed to developing our resources and to building dams, and it is very exciting for our country.


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