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    Minister for Energy and Water Supply
    The Honourable Mark McArdle

    Paradise Dam Lungfish deaths to be scrutinised

    Minister for Energy and Water Supply
    The Honourable Mark McArdle

    Wednesday, August 08, 2012

    Paradise Dam Lungfish deaths to be scrutinised

    The Wide Bay Burnett Environmental Council will be a welcome participant in a Government Working Group, being held today, to investigate practical ways to help reduce the death of Lungfish in Paradise Dam.

    Energy and Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle said he was concerned by findings in the “Downstream Fishway Monitoring Program” Report, released in February, which showed the dam spillway killed more than 700 fish, including 152 Lungfish, in a 22 day period.

    The report stated that: “Fish mortalities are occurring during all flows over the Paradise Dam stepped spillway regardless of the flow condition. The cumulative affect [sic] of mortalities of fish passing over the spillway is likely to have a major impact on populations of fish over the longer term.”

    Mr McArdle said he could not simply wait for the conclusions of a 10-year study to try to do something about fixing the problem.

    “A local community will, more likely than not, provide answers to local problems that include the most practical and cost effective way to deal with their issues,” Mr McArdle said.

    The meeting on Wednesday will be chaired by Mr McArdle. It will comprise representatives from the Wide Bay Burnett Environmental Council, the Paradise Dam operators (SunWater) and the departments of Energy & Water Supply, Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland Fisheries and Natural Resources and Mines.

    [ENDS] 8 August 2012

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