Works to lower the Paradise Dam in Queensland, Australia, by 5m to improve the stability of the dam are is to start before the 2020/21 wet season after the Queensland government passed a legislative amendment.
In September 2019, the urgent need to improve the stability of the dam was announced. This requires the dam wall to be lowered as a short-term, interim measure to improve the safety of the community living below the dam.
An amendment to the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008 ensures that spillway modification work can occur without delay, helping ensure the timeframes announced in September last year can be met.
This short-term work is only the first step in rectifying the issues with the dam, which is operated by Sunwater. The long-term future of the dam will be determined by a Building Queensland report, which is currently underway. This was also announced in September last year.