Action needed now on Townsville water security: Dowling

Media release

Independent mayoral candidate for Townsville, Greg Dowling, has accused the city’s Labor-aligned council of not holding the Palaszczuk State Government to account in securing the future water needs of the region.

Mr Dowling today criticized Mayor Jenny Hill for playing politics over Stage 2 of the Haughton Pipeline duplication project.

“This vital infrastructure project to secure the water security of Townsville is too important for political point scoring,” Mr Dowling said.

“Serious questions must be asked as to why Mayor Hill has sat idle for months whilst the State delays the necessary approvals that are required to get this project built.

“One can only assume the State is sitting on these approvals so that the three Queensland Labor MPs can have something to brag about closer to the State Election, when the fact is the people of Townsville need action now,’’ Mr Dowling said.

“Jenny Hill doesn’t really care about the people of Townsville’s water needs, she is too busy being led around by the State Labor Government and doing their bidding.

“I call on Mayor Hill and the State Government to speed up the process and commit to starting construction of the Stage 2 pipeline duplication from the Burdekin River to Ross River Dam this year,’’ he said.

“This is crucial in providing water for both the Burdekin irrigators and the people of Townsville well into the future.

“This current Labor-aligned council has been in power too long. They take their orders from their Labor masters in Brisbane.

“It’s time for change in Townsville,” Mr Dowling said.