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Have your say on Wivenhoe and Somerset dams

Seqwater has advised that significant runoff into the region’s major dams over the next week is unlikely.
Seqwater has advised that significant runoff into the region’s major dams over the next week is unlikely. Derek Barry

South east Queensland residents can have their say on the future management of the Wivenhoe and Somerset dams at public meetings later this month.

Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle said public meetings would look at the optimisation study released last month to boost flood mitigation efforts downstream of the dams.

"The studies will lead to improved management of the dams to better protect homes and businesses during future major flood events," Mr McArdle said.

Mr McArdle said the options outlined in the studies were also designed to avoid, or delay, a mass release of water as was necessary during the 2011 floods.

"Some of the options would increase the likelihood of bridges and crossings downstream of Wivenhoe Dam being flooded. However, this would create extra space in the dam to help protect houses and buildings from damage during a flood," he said.

"We understand that the early release of water would likely cause some difficulties for some residents and that's why it's important we consult with the local community," he said.

The meetings are on:

Tuesday May 20 6-8pm - Conference Room 3, 80 George St, Brisbane City

Wednesday May 21 6-8pm - Leichhardt One Mile Community Centre, 1-17 Denman Street, Leichhardt, Ipswich

Thursday May 22 6-8pm - Fernvale Futures Complex, 1483 Brisbane Valley Highway

Thursday May 29 6-8pm - The Greek Club, 29 Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane

Discussion papers and information on how to provide feedback and comment on the reports are available on the Department of Energy and Water Supply's website or by phoning 13 QGOV (13 7468).

People wishing to attend a public consultation meeting can register their interest by sending an email to optimisationstudies@dews.qld.gov.au.

Topics:  public consultation, somerset dam, wivenhoe dam


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