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Essential work at Paradise Dam

Posted on September 24th, 2019

Releases have commenced from Paradise Dam ahead of the 2019/20 wet season to proactively reduce the dam’s water storage level to 42 per cent.

While the dam is safe under normal and current forecast weather conditions, detailed investigations have shown that there are issues with the dam in the unlikely event of another 1-in-200-year event like 2013.  Reducing the dam’s storage level will facilitate essential work to lower the spillway wall in 2020 and allow for better community safety management.

An approved Emergency Action Plan (EAP) for Paradise Dam is in place. Sunwater will continue to work in partnership with local government given the leadership role the LDMG play in managing local flood risks and emergencies to help keep communities informed and prepared.

The water being released from the dam ahead of the 2019/20 wet season will not disrupt water supply to Bundaberg. Customers have been notified of the releases and opportunities to access unsold water being released at no charge.

Link to Queensland Government media statement here.

Community drop in sessions

The Bundaberg community is invited to attend drop-in sessions regarding the essential work planned at Paradise Dam. Sunwater staff will be on hand to answer questions and discuss wet season preparedness.

Session 1      

  • When: Wednesday 25 September, 8.30am – 11.30am               
  • Where: North Progress Hall, 18 Queen St, Bundaberg North  

Session 2 

  • When: Thursday 26 September, 5pm – 8pm               
  • Where: Bundaberg School of Arts, 184 Bourbong Street, Bundaberg Central

Session 3

  • When: Saturday 28 September, 9am – 12pm                
  • Where: Bundaberg School of Arts, 184 Bourbong Street, Bundaberg Central

There is no need to RSVP – drop in anytime during the session. If you can’t make it to a session but have a question, please email community@sunwater.com.au or call (07) 3120 0270.

Media Enquiries:

Sunwater Media Team
Phone: +61 7 3120 0047
Email: media@sunwater.com.au