Paradise lost – dam restoration funds cut in Federal Budget

Colin Boyce MP

Funding slashed from the Federal Budget to restore Paradise Dam has been condemned by local MPs Keith Pitt and Colin Boyce.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the decision would have long-lasting impacts on the agricultural sector in the Bundaberg region.

“Paradise is well and truly lost. The Albanese Government has failed the growers and producers who help feed the nation,” he said.

“Not a brass razoo is in the Budget for the next five years to replace Paradise Dam. The Federal Government has booked a spending cut of $592 million for water projects.

“Anthony Albanese sat in the ABC Wide Bay studio and promised Labor would repair the dam and now they have cut the funding that we secured when we were in government.”

Federal Member for Flynn Colin Boyce said the Albanese Government’s decision to slash funding to restore Paradise Dam is a kick in the guts to not only the Bundaberg area but the agricultural industry as a whole.

“I have been fighting for the Paradise Dam to be restored for years and tonight’s announcement is an enormous blow to our region,” Mr Boyce said.

“The Bundaberg area produces 25 per cent of Australia’s fresh food produce and now hundreds of millions of dollars of agricultural investment has now been put at risk due to the Albanese Government’s inexcusable decision to slash funding to restore Paradise Dam.”

/Public Release.