Tinaroo Falls Dam Safety Upgrade Nearing Completion

17 Sep 2010

SunWater construction crews are making solid progress on Tinaroo Falls Dam’s $21 million safety upgrade.

SunWater Infrastructure Development General Manager Mark Browne said the project, which will enable the dam to manage extreme rainfall events more effectively, was now 80% complete.

Mr Browne said over the coming months construction crews will be installing permanent anchors and completing concrete works on the crest of the dam to finalise the dam safety upgrade project by the end of the year.

Mr Browne said SunWater was currently liaising with Tablelands Regional Council to finalise restoration work at the dam site and surrounding recreation area.

“SunWater understands the dam is an icon of the Tablelands and part of our upgrade project includes the restoration of the dam construction site and also improving the dam’s surrounding recreation areas,” Mr Browne said.

“Due to public safety regulations, public access along the dam’s crest will no longer be possible, however we are working with Council to finalise plans for the refurbishment of the public lookout area which will ensure visitors continue to have an opportunity to view the dam.

SunWater will soon commence restoration work on the dam site and recreation areas and have scheduled total project completion by the end of 2010.

For further information on SunWater’s dam safety upgrade visit www.sunwater.com.au or call 13 15 89.

Project Background

  • The upgrade follows new dam safety guidelines issued by the Department of Environment and Resource Management’s Dam Safety Regulator in 2007. The revised guidelines were released following a Bureau of Meteorology revision of the method used to estimate extreme rainfall events.
  • SunWater has been able to carry out the extensive dam safety upgrade works without impacting on downstream water delivery to customers.
  • This dam safety upgrade is the fourth SunWater has undertaken since developing its dam safety upgrade program in 2007 to comply with revised industry standards. SunWater has already successfully completed safety upgrades at Fred Haigh Dam near Gin Gin, Bjelke Petersen Dam near Murgon and Borumba Dam near Imbil.


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