Home of the River People
Urannah is part of the homelands of the Wiri and Birri peoples of the Birri Gaba Nation. Urannah contains sacred sites, including burial sites and ceremonial sites. The River People are leading this campaign and say NO TO THIS DAM!
Urannah is a pristine valley of environmental significance, with a protected natural heritage that makes it an important home for many species including the unique Irwin’s turtle.
Located in Central Queenland within the Bowen Coal Basin. 90km West of Mackay, 100km South of Adani’s Abbot Point coal terminal and 230km North East of the proposed Adani Carmichal Coal mine and Galilee coal basin.
Urannah Dam is a proposed dam project backed by the Federal LNP Government. The water from the dam would be used for current coal mining in the region, and the expansion of new coal mining, as well as agriculture.
A report assessing the cost benefits of the dam project found that for every dollar spent on the dam, only 75 cents would be returned.
Bowen River Utilities is the current project proponent. The project has received Federal backing and funding for feasibility studies and business case development.
There have been allegations of corruption around Federal funding for this project being awarded to prominent LNP members and donors.
Coal and water use
Over one third of the water supply from the proposed Urannah dam is earmarked for the coal mining industry in the Bowen region, including expansion of existing mines, development of new coal mines, and washing coal at Adani’s Abbot Point.
Urannah has also been linked to the expansion of coal in the Galilee Basin.
We need your help
to protect our river, our environment and our culture
"We are the River People our river is sacred it is our life it gives us the connection to our land and the beginning of creation.
It is our duty to protect our BIRI (river) against the rapid demand of water supplies to the Mining Industry in the Bowen Basin. Urannah Creek and Broken River are the last wild rivers in this country and the biodiversity and the environment is untouched.” Descendant Wiri and Birri people.
We will be launching our campaign soon to build the people power to stop this dam.
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