SunWater statement on Paradise Dam court case

04 Mar 2011

SunWater welcomes today’s Federal Court ruling on the Paradise Dam court case.

In November 2008 the Wide Bay Burnett Conservation Council commenced Federal Court proceedings alleging that Burnett Water contravened a condition of the Federal environment approval for Paradise Dam.

Earlier today Justice Logan dismissed the application by the Wide Bay Burnett Conservation Council.

In doing so, Justice Logan found the fish transfer devices were suitable for lungfish.

Justice Logan found that during the design of the fish transfer devices, the needs of the lungfish were very much a concern of those involved in the design process, and that the ultimate design reflected that.

He also noted that the Paradise Dam upstream fishway in particular, has the widest size range of any upstream fish lift or lock in the world.

SunWater Chief Executive Peter Boettcher said the judgement had confirmed SunWater’s belief from the outset that Paradise Dam’s fish transfer devices were suitable and in accordance with the Federal Government’s environmental approval.

“SunWater has a long standing record of ensuring its water infrastructure right across regional Queensland is not only of benefit to communities, but also that the operations of our infrastructure does not impact adversely on the surrounding environment,” Mr Boettcher said.

“Today’s ruling confirms to the communities within the Burnett and Bundaberg region that the Paradise Dam is being operated in an environmentally responsible manner while still providing the essential water supply security and reliability the region needs,” he said.


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