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Structural upgrades commence on key regional dams


Two of Queensland’s key regional water storages, Fairbairn and Paradise dams, are undergoing maintenance over the coming months as part of SunWater’s ongoing Dam Safety Improvement Program.

Located in the Central Highlands and Bundaberg regions, the SunWater owned and managed dams provide vital town water supply and irrigation water for the regions’ burgeoning agricultural industries.

SunWater General Manger Asset Delivery, Alex Fisher, said Fairbairn and Paradise dams have safely passed flood flows since construction in 1972 and 2005, respectively, and maintenance works will strengthen the structures for years to come.

“The works at Fairbairn and Paradise will ensure the spillways continue to function efficiently and will also help minimise the impact of extreme weather events in the future,” said Ms Fisher.

“SunWater regularly conducts dam safety assessments and maintenance in accordance with national industry guidelines to maintain safe and efficient dam operations.”

Ms Fisher says works are not expected to impact landholders adjacent to the dam, irrigation customers, or recreational users wanting to access boat ramps, picnic areas and other dam amenities.

“While there may be periods of increased vehicle movements, the public should only expect minor traffic disruptions and occasional road closures to and from the dams,” she said.

“We ask that people take care when travelling near the work site and to remain understanding and patient while construction is underway.

“Weather permitting, works will be carried out throughout the dry season and we expect to have both projects complete by the end of the year.”

Ms Fisher added: “I’d like to acknowledge Building Queensland for supporting SunWater with the preparation of the business case for the Fairbairn Dam Spillway Improvement Project.”

Fairbairn Dam is a significant part of the Nogoa Mackenzie Water Supply Scheme - storing up to 1,300,000 ML and supplying water to downstream communities for irrigation and Emerald town water supply.

Paradise Dam is located 80 kms south-west of Bundaberg and is a key component of the Bundaberg Water Supply Scheme – holding up to 300,000ML of water for the city of Bundaberg and farmland irrigation.

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