Tuesday, 16 June 2020
That the Senate—
(a) notes that the Government has announced it is working to fast-track several infrastructure projects they believe to be essential to Australia’s long-term economic recovery; and
(b) calls on the Government to add the development of a hybrid Bradfield Scheme to their list of essential infrastructure projects to be fast-tracked.
The government has committed $513 million to 26 water infrastructure projects in Queensland. While there have been a number of assessments on the merits of the original Bradfield Scheme, work needs to be undertaken to assess the feasibility of this scheme using the best available contemporary science. The government, through the National Water Grid Authority, will consider options for developing large-scale water transfer schemes such as elements of the Bradfield Scheme. We remain committed to working with the Queensland government to identify and progress water projects in Queensland, and we would like to commend the Queensland LNP leader, Deb Frecklington, for her ongoing passionate advocacy for the new water infrastructure in Queensland.