News

Falls make small impact on dam levels

The Bill Gunn Dam, Lake Dyer, has 1% usable storage water available.  Photo: Michael Holman
The Bill Gunn Dam, Lake Dyer, has 1% usable storage water available. Photo: Michael Holman

By Rebecca Dull

LOCAL dams received a small boost to their supplies after the weekend rain.

Figures from SunWater show the dams benefited from scattered storms across the region.

Maroon Dam, south of Boonah, received 86.4mm over the weekend, increasing its usable storage by 1.7% from Friday.

The dam now holds 6269ML of usable water, 18% of its 37,100ML full operating level.

Moogerah Dam, south-west of Boonah, also received 26.2mm.

This boosted the dam's usable storage volume by 0.3%, up to 9% of its 83,700ML capacity.

The dam holds 7348ML of usable water.

Despite receiving 1mm of rain over the weekend, Bill Gunn Dam, west of Ipswich, lost 4ML of usable water since Friday, according to SunWater's figures.

Atkinson Dam, north of Ipswich, remains at 0%, with no usable water available, but received 2.4mm over the weekend.

SEQWater Regional Drought Strategy project manager Daryl Ross said the average water consumption in the south-eastern region for November was 758ML a day.

"This is 29% below the average consumption for November over the past five years," he said.

He said the region had received above average rainfall during October and November.

The combined dam storage level is currently at 34%.

"Essentially, the storm rainfall patterns have assisted in both reducing water consumptions and providing sufficient inflows to maintain storage levels," Mr Ross said.

"With the current catchment conditions, it is estimated that rainfall in the order of 60-80mm is required across the total Wivenhoe catchment area to create inflows required to reach the exit trigger from level two restrictions."

Mr Ross said under the worst-case scenario of zero inflows, the estimated trigger for level three restrictions (30% combined storage level) could be reached by January.

But he said it was unlikely because of the expectation of continuing rainfall and inflows into the storage points over the next couple of months.

"The climate predictions have indicated that there is slightly better chance of average or above average rainfall and inflows to the dams this summer." Natural Resources and Mines Minister Henry Palaszczuk welcomed the rain but said many of Queensland's water storages remained at record-low levels.

"We cannot let the community believe that the rains have solved the problem, because it is not true," he said.




Partygoer's night ends with injury

Emergency Services, Ambulance, QAS,  Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

Paramedics called to the scene

Knife-wielding robbers on the run

Police generic, crime scene.  Photo Tessa Mapstone / South Burnett Times

Dog squad called to Ipswich service station

Atheists: Don't call yourself a Jedi!

The Atheist Foundation of Australia wants people who were born into a religion but no longer practice it to think about their answer in the upcoming Census.

Campaigners urge Australians to answer “no religion”

Latest deals and offers

Talking whiskey with Jack Daniel’s master distiller

It all comes down to the distillery

10 things to do this weekend

Luke Heggie is appearing at the Ipswich Civic Centre as part of the 2016 Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase

Looking for something to do in Ipswich this weekend?

SIXTY MILES AHEAD sign with Eclipse Records, prepare new album 'Insanity'

Sixty Miles Ahead sign with Eclipse. Photo Contributed

Sixty Miles Ahead to release new album on Eclipse

Thy Art Is Murder are killing it

See Thy Art is Murder on their killer tour happening right now. Photo Contributed

We talk with Thy Art is Murder about touring, babies, and new music

Date announced for Prince tribute concert

A Prince tribute concert will take place later this year

Matt Damon is taking a break from acting

Matt Damon is taking a break to spend time with his family

Queensland's $1 town goes under the hammer today

The township of Yelarbon is up for sale.

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Australia Post to open at Orion

Australia Post.

Service to open to customers in late August

Town with 'unique country flair' will be ruined: resident

Jonathan Emms of Rosewood is concerned about a proposed townhouse development for this John Street block of land.

Residents concerned by high density development proposal

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb