Summer rains fill up dam
A MULTI-MILLION dollar dam in the picturesque Scenic Rim was opened to the public yesterday, six months ahead of schedule and under budget.
The highly anticipated opening of the $348 million Wyaralong Dam project, near Boonah, was well attended by residents.
Treasurer and Minister for State Development and Trade Andrew Fraser said the dam provided essential water infrastructure for south-east Queensland’s future.
“What this dam represents is an investment in our region’s water security,” Mr Fraser said.
He said the rapid progress achieved during last year’s dry season enabled the dam to capture this summer’s significant rainfall.
“The dam was full and overflowing less than a month after the dam wall was plugged,” he said.
“It’s testament to significant effort and innovation of the dam constructors that this significant rainfall event could be captured and stored for future use while the final stages of construction were completed.
“And it is a strong indicator of the type of innovation and success achieved across the project that delivers a major new asset for the people of south-east Queensland.”
Within 24 hours of the dam being plugged on December 18, it was already filled to 35% capacity.
“The dam was completed just in the nick of time and when we thought this dam would take about three years to fill that’s fantastic news,” he said.
Speaking with local stakeholders yesterday, Mr Fraser paid tribute to the efforts of former Infrastructure Minister Stirling Hinchliffe and Queensland Water Infrastructure staff.
“The construction of a dam like Wyaralong presents myriad challenges, both in the planning and construction stages,” he said.
Mr Fraser said the Wyaralong Dam set a new benchmark in the construction of major projects.
“The project has also delivered world-class recreational facilities, innovative local employment initiatives and outstanding environmental outcomes,” he said.