Sarah Harvey

Tully calls for dam to hold at 75%

AN Ipswich city councillor has called for the Wivenhoe Dam's water level to be held permanently at no more than 75 per cent of its drinking water capacity.

Councillor Paul Tully, whose Goodna home was flooded last month, today said the flood mitigation capacity of the dam was more important than keeping it at 100 per cent.

He said the 75 per cent level should be a permanent arrangement.

"This initiative should be made a permanent feature of the management of Wivenhoe Dam," he said in a statement.

A year's supply of drinking water is to be released from the dam starting next weekend to help mitigate flood risks.

SEQ Water recommended the 290,000-megalitre release, to occur over nine days, in the wake of January's devastating floods in Brisbane and Ipswich.

Natural Resources Minister Stephen Robertson said the dam needed to have spare capacity to ease the risks of further flooding, given forecasts of further heavy rain until April.

The dam's role in last month's flooding is a key focus of the commission of inquiry into the disaster.

Some critics have claimed that had there been more water released from the dam before the worst of the rain, up to 20,000 properties might not have been inundated.
 



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