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    Premier of Queensland
    The Honourable Peter Beattie

    BEATTIE GOVERNMENT TO BUILD NEW DAM AT WYARALONG

    Premier of Queensland
    The Honourable Peter Beattie

    Tuesday, July 04, 2006

    BEATTIE GOVERNMENT TO BUILD NEW DAM AT WYARALONG

    The State Government today announced that a new dam would be built at Wyaralong near Beaudesert at a cost of approximately $400 to $500 million.

    Premier Peter Beattie said the dam was one of four new water storage initiatives on the Logan/Albert River catchment to provide an additional 42,000 megalitres per annum for south east Queensland.

    He said the initiatives had been chosen on the basis of a number of factors including
    cost effectiveness; yield; environmental, cultural and social impact; strategic value; and reliability of the sources and all would be a key part of a regional water grid to meet the growing needs of the region.

    The Wyaralong Dam will be located on Teviot Brook, 14 kilometres north-west of
    Beaudesert, in the Logan River catchment.

    “We have been looking at two sites on the Logan River,” Mr Beattie said.

    “Test drilling has shown that a dam can be constructed at either the Tilleys Bridge site or Wyaralong.

    “The Tilleys Bridge site would have provided a greater yield which is why it had to be
    investigated, but the disruption to the surrounding community would have been far
    greater.

    “We would need to acquire approximately 95 private landholdings and relocate several sections of the Mount Lindesay Highway and sections of the Rathdowney to Boonah Road with major impacts on business and industry in the towns of Rathdowney, Beaudesert and Palen Creek.

    “By comparison the road relocations will have less impact at Wyaralong and we already own a lot of properties around the site needing to purchase only around 15 rural properties at a cost of approximately $30 million.

    “We have worked hard over the past few months re-examining all aspects of both sites. No matter where we locate the dam it will cause disruption and angst for the people affected by its construction.

    “However, a dam at Tilleys Bridge would have far greater community impact and over the past couple of months residents have voiced their concerns strongly.

    “We have listened, looked at the whole picture and chosen the best option on this
    basis.”

    Mr Beattie said Tilleys Bridge would have provided a total yield of 47,000 megalitres per annum.

    “The new dam at Wyaralong will provide approximately 21,000 megalitres per annum however this will be supplemented by the construction of a new off-stream storage at Bromelton with water harvesting from the Logan River. (Water harvesting involves pumping water from rivers at times of high flows).

    “This new facility will provide approximately 5,000 additional megalitres per annum and will be further supplemented by raising the Hinze Dam (6,000) megalitres with water harvesting from the Canungra Creek, the Coomera River and other suitable locations (10,000 megalitres).

    “The yield will still not be quite as high as the Tilleys Bridge option but the future
    projected water supply requirements of the region up to 2050 will be met. More
    information on this issue will be made available when we release full details of the
    Traveston Dam and water grid this week.”

    The Minister for Water, Henry Palaszczuk said he expected construction work to
    commence on the dam wall at Wyaralong as soon as the required planning and
    approval process have been completed.

    “The attached map shows the inundation area for the dam which is approximately 1,480 hectares, however it is important to note that the map is indicative only and the final area, especially on the periphery, will not be known until finer scale mapping is
    completed,” he said.

    “Detailed work will now be carried out to further develop designs, environmental
    management, cultural heritage and social management plans consistent with State and Commonwealth approval processes.

    “However, we fully expect the Wyaralong Dam to be completed and boosting our
    region’s water supplies by the end of 2011.”

    Mr Palaszczuk said the Department of Natural Resources would immediately move to finalise negotiations with remaining private rural landholders.

    “Fair and reasonable compensation will be paid and we will continue to consult closely with affected landholders and the surrounding community,” he said.

    Further information on the process for local residents is available at
    www.nrm.qld.gov.au/water and by calling 1800 243 585

    Media inquiries: (07) 3224 4500