Raising the wall at Storm King Dam
27 November 2019
As part of its medium term water contingency plan, the Southern Downs Regional Councillors today moved to progress with the engagement of GHD and the Synergies Group to finalise approvals and the business case to raise the wall at Storm King Dam.
The motion comes after extensive research and reports exploring the feasibility of raising the dam wall by two meters to increase its storage capacity.
This move is supported by the State Government in the Stanthorpe Regional Water Supply Security Assessment (2016) which placed the onus on Council to source additional urban water supplies prior to 2036.
Councillor for Transport, Infrastructure and Utilities Marika McNichol welcomed the resolution and said that while short term strategies were currently in place; medium term water solutions would be instrumental to securing the region’s future.
“As the drought continues to affect our community and businesses, and with carting water into Stanthorpe on the horizon in the coming months, it is vital that Council looks further afield for medium term solutions,” said Cr McNichol.
“Raising the wall of Storm King Dam is a great idea as it increases the dam’s storage capacity and helps drought proof Stanthorpe’s urban water supply.
“I welcome the progression of this proposal and look forward to reviewing the business case.”
Councillor for Agriculture, Environment and Sustainability Cameron Gow said that Council’s approach to water supply and storage required a multifaceted approach.
“This drought is going require a suite of solutions, not just one big item. Raising the wall at Storm King Dam is not the only solution, but has been noted as an important one that should be progressed,” Cr Gow said.
“This is a huge project for our region and Council will need to work closely with residents and all stakeholders to ensure a successful outcome for all parties involved.”
Both the original reports by Jacobs and the most recent report by GHD recommended raising the dam wall as the preferred urban water option, and these recommendations were accepted by both State and Federal Governments.
Given previous works already undertaken by GHD at Storm King Dam and the Synergies Group’s involvement with the initial business plan to raise the dam wall, it is anticipated that the necessary approvals and business case will be completed as early as mid-December 2019.
Please contact Southern Downs Regional Council on 1300MYSDRC (1300 697 372) for more information.