Council to seek compensation for landholders if dam is built

SOMERSET Mayor Graeme Lehmann says council will seek adequate compensation on behalf of residents if a dam is built in the region and land resumptions take place.

"It's very early days and I think everyone needs to remember that the State Government has only just flagged the idea of building additional dams in the region," Cr Lehmann said.

"We don't know if it's definitely going to happen and I suspect we won't know the outcome of the possible new dam sites until another few years."

Earlier this month the State Government announced it was considering a range of flood mitigation options including possibly increasing the size of the Wivenhoe Dam and building new dams in Queensland, including two in the Somerset region.

The two sites that fall in the Somerset region include the upper Brisbane River near Linville and Emu Creek near Harlin.

Cr Lehmann met with business owners in Linville earlier this month.

"Business owners in Linville said they would be quite happy for a dam to be built in the area because they are hopeful that if the project went ahead it would bring tourists to the small town," he said. "If either of the proposed dams were to go ahead, council would request adequate compensation for all landholders and or businesses that would be impacted."

Cr Lehmann encouraged residents to visit for more information or phone 137468.

Topics:  land resumptions, mayor graeme lehmann, somerset regional council

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