The project is located on Queensland’s Severn river around 15 kilometres south-west of Stanthorpe.
“Building Emu Swamp Dam will create more than 700 jobs and local water security,” Local MP and Minister for Water Resources David Littleproud said.
“This $5 million investment will get the site ready to go so construction crews can get in and build the dam,” he says. “It will also build new roads to replace the ones that would be flooded when the dam fills.”
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the $5 million in funding would be provided through the Government’s $4.5 billion Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative.
“Safer roads save lives. They also create jobs and opportunities locally, and we want to ensure rural and regional communities grow and create jobs as part of our record $100 billion infrastructure package,” Mr McCormack said.
The Emu Swamp Dam will be a 10,500 megalitre urban and irrigation water supply dam on the Severn River.
The overall investment into the project is $113.6 million. It’s expected to create 145 construction jobs.