SunWater project to benefit dam communities

23 Sep 2011

SunWater has commenced a project to explore the economic and social benefits for communities at five of its dams.

SunWater has identified there may be significant opportunities to enhance the tourism and commercial recreational activities around the Burdekin Falls, Peter Faust, Eungella, Kinchant and Teemburra dams and has started a project to analyse the best options for each dam.

SunWater’s Area Operations Manager North, Tom Wallwork said this was consistent with SunWater’s commitment to making a lasting contribution to the communities in which it operates.

“The project will run from August 2011 until February 2012 and will include site specific analysis, stakeholder and community consultation and market research,” he said.

SunWater has engaged the Strategic Leisure Group and specialist supporting consultants to undertake a comprehensive options analysis for each of the dam sites.

Mr Wallwork said that all potential options for the sites will be explored including transfer of ownership, leasing and partnerships with commercial operators, community groups or local governments.

“SunWater’s vision is for the sustainable recreational and tourism potential for Burdekin Falls, Peter Faust, Eungella, Kinchant and Teembura dams to be realised,” he said.

“By achieving this vision the surrounding communities will be able to enjoy the recreational, social and economic benefits.”

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