SMEC has been commissioned by Seqwater to undertake environmental and regulatory approvals for the Six Mile Creek Dam Upgrade project, located at Lake Macdonald, west of Noosa in Queensland.

As the primary water supply reservoir for the Sunshine Coast, the 55-year-old dam requires numerous upgrades to meet modern standards and performance requirements under Queensland dam safety regulations. The upgrades will improve its ability to resist severe weather and earthquake events.

SMEC’s scope of work will include:

  • An Environmental Impact Statement for the upgrade works and associated infrastructure
  • Pre-construction environmental and regulatory approvals to progress the project to construction phase
  • Approvals supervision and support during construction to ensure environmental and regulatory conditions are implemented in accordance with management plans

SMEC will work alongside the design team and Seqwater to ensure integrated project delivery, it said in a statement.

This contract adds to SMEC’s current portfolio of dam work in Queensland, which includes the Hells Gates Dam Feasibility Study and Lakelands Irrigation Scheme Feasibility Study.