Wivenhoe Dam set to be lowered

The State Government appears to have bowed to public pressure in an about-face on water releases from Wivenhoe Dam.

The announcement was made by Shadow Treasurer Andrew Fraser who said capacity at Wivenhoe Dam would be reduced from its current 80% to 75% in time for the wet season.

The release of water from Wivenhoe Dam is also tied to the relaxation on water restrictions in the region until November 27.

Deputy Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls accused the government of playing politics over Wivenhoe Dam levels after Shadow Cabinet was briefed in October by the Bureau of Meteorology in which the bureau recommended the level be dropped to 75% to avoid a repeat of last year's belated releases.

"Are we expecting a wetter storm season than first thought or has the Labor Government been panicked by a public protest rally being planned at the dam next weekend?" he asked.

Mr Nicholls went further and accused Minister Rachel Nolan of backflipping on the issue after she released a statement on September 30 in which she emphatically said the dam level would not be lowered.

Mr Fraser said the lifting of restrictions would provide the opportunity for people to "undertake some pre-Christmas clean-up activities around the house".


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