Wivenhoe Dam
Wivenhoe Dam Rob Williams

D-day for dam demonstration

LOWER The Dams protest organiser Dianne Dimitrov believes up to 20,000 people will attend her demonstration at Wivenhoe Dam on November 19.

Lowood police have confirmed that Mrs Dimitrov has made an application for public assembly for that date but admit they have no idea how many people will attend.

Mrs Dimitrov said the public response to the protest had been overwhelming.

"We have so many people coming to us that want to support us that it's getting scary now about the numbers we're going to get out there," she said.

"We're worried about how many cars are going to turn up."

The Bundamba resident said after discussions with police her group would now lead a vehicle convoy across the dam rather than walking, due to limited parking at the site.

Sergeant Ian Douglas from Lowood police said the size of the protest was largely unknown but police were "hoping for the best but planning for the worst".

Last December, 20,000 vehicles flocked to the dam over one weekend to witness the spectacle of all five gates being fully open.

"On that weekend there were massive traffic delays along the Brisbane Valley and Warrego Highways," Sgt Douglas said.

"Brisbane Valley Hwy is only single lane each way and Cormorant Bay only has 130 car parks. There will be some traffic issues there if there is a lot of people at the protest."

Dam manager SEQ Water released a statement about the impending action.

"Based on media reports, local police have been consulted in relation to managing numbers as facilities at Wivenhoe Dam are not designed for the level of numbers being suggested," the statement read.

"SEQwater asks that people act in a safe manner and follow all instructions given by local police."

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