News

Wivenhoe spill to stop this week

Wivenhoe Dam spillway.
Wivenhoe Dam spillway. Rob Williams

WIVENHOE Dam will stop releasing water through its spill gates later this week for the first time since January 7.

Yesterday morning the dam was at 123 per cent capacity and dropping, with releases of about 299,000 megalitres per day being passed through its gates.

News of the gate-closing comes after an engineer publicly criticised dam operaters for not releasing enough water from the Wivenhoe before last Monday's monster deluge.

The continued dam releases have also frustrated motorists who travel between Ipswich and Brisbane over the Brisbane River, with Colleges Crossing, the Kholo bridge and the Moggill Ferry closed since releases started.

Last week's devastating disaster flooded and also damaged the Mt Crosby weir crossing off Allawah Road, meaning Jindalee was the next nearest place for motorists to cross the river.

A spokesperson for the dam said the river crossings will no longer be inundated when releases stop this week, but Ipswich City Council has no date for when Colleges Crossing might reopen.

“The continuing releases are necessary in order to prepare Wivenhoe for any future weather events should they occur,” a SEQWater Grid manager said.

“Releases should cease from Wivenhoe Dam mid-week.

“Releases are being made in consultation with the Bureau of Meteorology and local councils, and every effort is being made to limit downstream impacts.”

Engineer Michael O'Brien this week said river flooding was inevitable after a decision to release relatively low volumes of water from the Wivenhoe Dam on Friday, January 7, and over the ensuing weekend.

He said over that weekend the dam's operators released a total of about 200,000 megalitres.

Mr O'Brien claimed scrutiny of official water-release and dam volume data shows the flood would have been moderate at worst in Brisbane had there been larger releases in the days before the deluge.

But SEQWater Grid chief executive Barry Dennien has insisted that although the January 8-9 releases were relatively low compared with what occurred in the days afterwards, this was in accordance with the operating manual to mitigate flooding.

He said nobody had foreseen the extreme rainfall that hit the region last week.

Premier Anna Bligh has announced an independent Commission of Inquiry to examine the recent flood disaster, with an international dam expert to examine the role of the Wivenhoe.

The Somerset Dam is currently at 100 per cent with small discharges through the cone valves into Wivenhoe.

All recreations areas around both dams are closed.

Water has spilled from Wyaralong Dam after it exceeded 100 per cent capacity last week.

The Bremer River flood level as of yesterday was at 7.98m.



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Schoolyard friendship inspired pet project

LET'S DANCE: Sunhaus is this week's featured band in our Emerge series.

Sunhaus on The Beach Boys, their debut EP and songwriting

Man's offending a 'mixed bag of lollies': Magistrate

ECLECTIC OFFENDER: Mathew James Lambourne.

Man broke the law 36 times in less than a year

Local Partners

Nominations now open for next Member for Lockyer

Following Ian Rickuss' announcement that he will not be contesting the next state election, the LNP is today opening nominations for the seat of Lockyer.


Your guide to a great night out in Ipswich

The best live music gigs in the city and surrounds

Proud local to headline Carols by Candlelight

Troy Cassar-Daley is back home in the Clarence Valley to perform and promote his book and album 'Things I Carry Around' this weekend.

Troy Cassar-Daley to headline Mayor's Carols By Candlelight

CHRISTMAS SHUT DOWNS: Art Gallery's holiday hiatus

Explore the tunnels and slides made entirely from 56,000 metres of packing tape designed and created by artist Eric Lennartson direct from the US!

Council advises of Christmas-New Year shut downs for CBD attractions

Your guide to a great night out in Ipswich

The best live music gigs in the city and surrounds

Schoolyard friendship inspired pet project

LET'S DANCE: Sunhaus is this week's featured band in our Emerge series.

Sunhaus on The Beach Boys, their debut EP and songwriting

Brad Pitt bids to keep custody battle private

Brad Pitt will go to court to keep his custody battle private

Sia has split from her husband

Sia has split from her husband Erik Anders Lang.

Amy Schumer thanks Barbie trolls for hateful comments

Amy Schumer is in the lead role for the new Barbie movie

Proud local to headline Carols by Candlelight

Troy Cassar-Daley is back home in the Clarence Valley to perform and promote his book and album 'Things I Carry Around' this weekend.

Troy Cassar-Daley to headline Mayor's Carols By Candlelight

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

REVEALED: Timeline for CBD redevelopment

The new redevelopment of the CBD will take place in stages.

Lindsay gives the good oil on when the work will begin

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

PHOTOS: World class CBD to lift Ipswich

An artist's impressions of the future Ipswich city mall.

Grand plans to transform city heart unveiled today

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!