New infrastructure to reduce flood impacts.

New infrastructure to reduce flood impacts.

Posted on Wednesday, April 02 2014 at 2:35 PM

The Queensland Government will consider constructing new dams and increasing Wivenhoe’s capacity in order to reduce the impact of flood events.

Campbell Newman said the locations of eight possible new dams have been
identified as the upper Brisbane River (near Linville), the Cooyar Creek (near
Benarkin National Park), Emu Creek (near Harlin), the Bremer River (near Mt
Walker), the Stanley River (near Peachester), Tenterhill Creek (near Gatton),
Lockyer Creek (near Murphy’s Creek) and Cressbrook Creek (near Kipper).

is very early days and I stress to those landowners in the areas affected that
there is a lot of work that needs to be undertaken before any plans are

it is our duty to do whatever work we can to investigate all possible options,”
Premier Newman says.

proposal follows on from an announcement on changes to dam operation guidelines
during extreme weather.

and Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle said the government was looking to be
ahead of any future floods.

the next wet season, southeast Queensland residents should have confidence in
the fact that if there is a flood event, dam operating decisions will always
place greatest value in life, then people’s homes, businesses and livelihood –
and then public roads and bridges.”

McArdle said the Wivenhoe and Somerset dams would be upgraded over the next 10
years as part of Seqwater’s ongoing dam improvement program.

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