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.
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.