The United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) and its vice-regal patrons have been criticized for their opposition to the Bradfield development plan for northern Queensland. Dr. Patricia Jenkings, an unknown academic feminist and acting head of the UNAA, has been leading a group of 12 operatives who advocate for the UN’s Agenda 2030 and the concept of sustainable development. This opposition has hindered the progress of the Bradfield Scheme, an ambitious project aiming to irrigate and develop inland Queensland communities for increased productivity and prosperity.
Outback Queensland, heavily reliant on mining, livestock, and cropping, has been facing challenges due to population decline and the fly-in, fly-out nature of mine workers. To overcome these struggles, many towns have turned to tourism to sustain their local businesses and services. However, if the UNAA’s vision of “sustainable development” were to prevail, the region would likely be declared a farmer-free biosphere zone, plagued by bushfires and feral animals, and only accessible to global mining corporations and selected indigenous land managers.
Bob Katter, a Federal MP from Katter’s Australian Party, has been a long-time advocate for the Bradfield Scheme, originally proposed by Dr. John Bradfield. Katter recently tabled a revised version of the scheme in Federal Parliament, known as the Queensland Great Dividing Range Scheme. This plan involves constructing dams along the Great Dividing Range in North Queensland to capture water that would otherwise flow out to sea. The water would be diverted to the west of the range, creating fertile farmland and prosperous communities. Katter believes this project has the potential to transform the region into a “Garden of Eden.”
Katter emphasizes the importance of this development for the Australian nation and points out the backing of esteemed Australians such as Sir Leo Hielscher and Sir Frank Moore. The scheme has the potential to generate significant income and job opportunities for contractors, benefiting the entire country. Katter questions why anyone would oppose such a project, considering the positive impact it would have on ending poverty, boosting food production, and protecting the environment.
However, the UNAA’s promotion of sustainable development goals has led to a reluctance among state and federal governments to seriously consider Katter’s revised scheme. The UNAA, with branches in every state and territory, advocates for sustainable development and influences government policies at all levels. This approach often hinders real development and imposes strict regulations and control by environmental bureaucracies and activist groups. Large corporate businesses face legal challenges against developments due to green and indigenous lawfare, further complicating the implementation of vital projects.
The decline and lack of relevance in the western regions of Queensland, as evidenced by declining populations and the closure of essential services and amenities, could be halted with the implementation of the Bradfield Scheme. The construction and operation of the scheme would provide employment opportunities and a viable future for the local communities. However, previous reports, influenced by sustainable development ideology, have raised concerns about the availability of water and potential environmental and cultural impacts.
Bob Katter remains committed to overcoming these challenges and ensuring the realization of the Bradfield Scheme. He argues that it is essential to view such a project as a matter of national security, which would allow for the necessary legislation and support to overcome opposition and red tape. Katter criticizes government-commissioned studies that align with the prevailing agenda and urges a more open-minded approach to development that prioritizes the well-being of the nation and its people.