We, the undersigned, are devastated to see 400 megalitres of precious water flowing from Paradise Dam over the Ben Anderson Barrage and out to sea each day, when we are experiencing one of the most serious droughts in decades.
The State Government’s decision to permanently reduce Paradise Dam to 42% capacity was initially touted by you as good news for our region, with free water for all. However, as you would be aware, the announcement has inflicted much anxiety, confusion and honest fury within our community. The permanent 5 metre reduction in the dam’s spillway has the potential to change our region in its entirety.
We appreciate your advice that the Paradise Dam spillway needs to be lowered in order to allow for rectifying works to commence mid next year and we understand that these reporting processes take time. However, we, and the people of this district cannot understand why this detrimental decision was made prior to the completion of expert reporting and without any community consultation.
Our communities deserve to know the full details and the full extent of the safety concerns, how the issue will be fixed, whether the dam will ever be returned to full capacity or what other options you have to ensure our region’s water security and most importantly, whether you will commit to delaying any permanent action to reduce Paradise Dam’s capacity until after the experts’ findings and advice are received and published early next year.
This is arguably one of the biggest issues affecting our future. Our region deserves answers and we call on you to provide a fully transparent and public declaration of the circumstances and rightly commit to delaying any permanent work until the outcome of the investigations are known.
Member for Bundaberg David Batt
Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt
Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett
Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd
Member for Callide Colin Boyce
Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen
29 October, 2019