Mayor calls for factual, accurate reporting on Emu Swamp Dam project

Southern Downs Regional Council has received confirmation from the Federal Government that $60 million in funding has not been allocated to construct Emu Swamp Dam near Stanthorpe, following reports in the local media today.

Council has been informed by the Federal Government’s Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities that reports the Federal Government would meet $60 million in construction costs are incorrect.

The Federal Government has also confirmed that no discussions regarding funding construction costs for the Emu Swamp Dam project have occurred as funding from the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund is fully committed.

Additionally, Council has not resolved to relinquish 450ML of water from the Storm King Dam urban allocation for it to then be held in the proposed Emu Swamp Dam and allocated back for urban use in the case of an emergency as was also reported in the local media. This water is reserved for the future urban growth of Stanthorpe and cannot be compromised. 

Council has not been directly approached in relation to 450ML of water nor does Council have any arrangements in place to reallocate this water for the use of commercial or irrigation purposes.

Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said it is important Stanthorpe’s urban water supply is guaranteed into the future to support sustained population growth and business.

“It is important the local media reports factually and accurately on this important issue as it affects so many people in the Stanthorpe and Granite Belt community,” Cr Dobie said.  

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