WATER WARS: Opposition leader Bill Shorten and Candidate for Flynn Zac Beers at a Central Queensland dam.
WATER WARS: Opposition leader Bill Shorten and Candidate for Flynn Zac Beers at a Central Queensland dam. Kristen Booth

'Cop out': Opposition critical of LNP's Burnett water study

FLYNN'S Labor candidate has launched a spray at the Coalition after the Government pledged $2 million for a feasibility study that will investigate water security in the North and South Burnett.

Acting PM and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack announced the study today, which he said formed part of a "historic” expansion of the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund, now worth more than half a billion dollars.

The Coalition said the feasibility studies would support the Queensland Government to finalise the design and approval of critical water infrastructure projects.

But Zac Beers is not impressed with the timing of the multimillion dollar funding package, which he said was too little to late.

Mr Beers doesn't buy the eleventh hour investment in the Burnett and said the Coalition should "hang its head in shame.”

"The LNP and the Member for Flynn have had years and years and years to do something about this region's water security,” he said.

"Now, months out from an election, they serve up another study. It's a cop out.

"Why wasn't this work done three years ago? What has Ken O'Dowd actually been doing?

"Because of the LNP's failure to act, the whole region is playing catch-up. 

"It's time we all worked together to start delivering genuine water security projects for our region.”


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