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    Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
    The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham

    Dam upgrade to improve recreation and environment

    Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
    The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham

    Friday, July 13, 2018

    Dam upgrade to improve recreation and environment

    An $18 million upgrade of Sideling Creek Dam will enhance recreation and deliver environmental improvements for the lake and surrounding catchment.

    Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Dr Anthony Lynham joined Member for Kurwongbah Shane King to tour the dam site as construction work got underway this week.

    “Sideling Creek Dam was commissioned in 1957, with the wall last upgraded in 1969,” Dr Lynham said. “Since then there have been significant advances in dam design and an improved understanding of extreme weather events.

    “Construction work will strengthen the main dam structure and spillway,’’ Dr Lynham said.

    In 2015, the water level in Sideling Creek Dam was lowered by two metres to assess the condition of the dam wall and spillway. The upgrade will allow the lake to return to its original full supply level providing safer and greater recreation enjoyment for all users.

    “Improvements also will be made to allow to improve the ability for fish to pass through the downstream area. Previously there has been the potential for fish to become stranded in isolated waterholes below the concrete spillway. Upgrade work will involve excavating a pool down from the spillway and creating a passageway to help fish travel downstream.”

    “Seqwater also is undertaking significant revegetation works in the broader catchment area and working with community groups to help improve the bushland as part of the upgrade project.’’

    Member for Kurwongbah Shane King said the upgrade was essential in keeping the downstream community safe and that having the water level raised back up also would enhance recreation on the lake.

    “Sideling Creek Dam is one of our region’s most popular recreation lakes for a range of activities from skiing, to rowing, paddling and fishing,’’ Mr King said.

    “The upgrade will allow the lake to return to its original full supply level providing safer and greater recreation enjoyment for all users.

    The upgrade will not impact or interrupt water supply security for the region and on-water activities will be allowed to continue during theupgrade work.

    Seqwater Acting Chief Executive Officer Dan Spiller said the upgrade project was expected to be completed by mid-2019, subject to weather and site conditions.

     

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