Minister Anthony Lynham speaks in the Queensland Parliament.
Minister Anthony Lynham speaks in the Queensland Parliament.

Minister’s one-minute dam response

RESOURCES Minister Anthony Lynham was asked in parliament if he would release the technical report of the faulty Paradise Dam.

Dr Lynham did not give an absolute “yes” or “no” to the question during his one-minute response to Burnett MP Stephen Bennett’s inquiry on Wednesday morning.

Mr Bennett was dissatisfied with the response, but he suspected beforehand that he would be.

Dr Lynham said the public and the government would be given advice from experts early next year.

But they needed time to analyse the reports, Dr Lynham said.

“Just yesterday I met with representatives of the Burnett region, mainly farming representatives and we’re meeting on a monthly basis to discuss issues around Paradise Dam,” he said.

“But the government listens to experts on the important issues of public safety and water security.”

The Inspector-General of Emergency Management, Building Queensland, and an independent US expert were considering Sunwater’s and GHD reports.

Mr Bennett said the answer to his question revealed no new information.

“The Labor Government is currently releasing the equivalent of 32,000 Olympic swimming pools of water in the ocean and they can’t even tell us why.

“Once again, Minister Lynham has told the people of Bundaberg to sit tight and simply wait while they continue to let our precious water go down the rivers and out to sea,” he said.

“That is not good enough.

“We need answers and we need them now.”

Meanwhile, the Queensland Parliament has been given an e-petitionurging for the public release of the reports, submitted by Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey.

The e-petition had about 600 digital signatures within 24 hours of the petition being sent to the parliament.