Paradise Dam Improvement Project – Past Paradise Dam Engagement Forums

Paradise Dam Improvement Project

Paradise Dam, Queensland

Sunwater is planning for a new Paradise Dam wall on the Burnett River after newly identified issues show that no amount of improvement work will fix the existing dam.

Past Paradise Dam Engagement Forums

The Paradise Dam Community Reference Group (PDCRG) and Paradise Dam Industry Forum (PDIF) were established to facilitate information sharing and constructive discussion throughout the period of the Paradise Dam Essential Works.

The PDCRG aimed to provide insight into a diverse range of perspectives on community safety and held 20 meetings between October 2019 and January 2022.

The PDCRG was independently chaired by Richard Wilson and then Mike McKay with members representing each of the three local councils, the local disaster manager groups, irrigators, growers, chamber of commerce, environment organisations and downstream residents.

The PDIF focused on identifying opportunities and exchanging ideas on ways to improve water security in the Burnett catchment and held 18 meetings (and 18 separate working group meetings) between February 2020 and January 2022.

The PDIF was also independently chaired by Stuart Armitage until June 2021 and consisted of five representatives from each of the following participating local industry groups: Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers, Canegrowers Isis, Bundaberg Regional Irrigators Group, Australian Macadamia Society, Citrus Australia and Avocados Australia.

In agreement with both groups, these two engagement forums were dissolved in early 2022 and replaced by a new engagement forum: the Paradise Dam Reference Group (PDRG), focused on the Paradise Dam Improvement Project. More information on the PDRG can be found here.