Tony Abbott has received a shortlist of 30 potential dam projects from a ministerial task force headed by Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, as part of efforts to make good on the Coalition's infrastructure campaigning during the last federal election.

The shortlist encompasses both the construction of new dams and the expansion of pre-existing dams in Western Australia, Queensland, NSW and Tasmania. In the Sunshine State, proposed projects include a new dam on the Fitzroy River just south of Rockhampton, the expansion of the Burdekin Dam in the north of the state, and…