Storm water to fill Paradise Dam

PARADISE Dam will be full tomorrow – for the first time.

Summer storm inflows are rushing into the 300,000ML dam on the Burnett River north-west of Biggenden.

Paradise was one of only two major dams built in Queensland last decade and was heralded as a saviour for irrigators when it was commissioned in November 2005.

Since then its capacity has yo-yoed from nearing empty to 75 per cent full last year.

At noon yesterday Paradise was at 90 per cent, up 33 per cent since January, rising and set to overflow tomorrow, dam operator Sunwater said.

Irrigators in the Isis and Bundaberg food bowl are now set to receive 100 per cent of their water allocations.

All of the Burnett River’s other water storages are also full, except Gayndah’s Claude Wharton Weir. It is running at about 80 per cent capacity because of safety concerns.

Wuruma Dam, on the Nogo River in the Upper Burnett, is up three per cent to be holding five per cent after floundering at one and two per cent for years.

A Federal Court judge is currently preparing a decision in a case brought against Paradise builders Burnett Water by the Wide Bay-Burnett Conservation Council, which claims the facility’s fish ladder is inadequate.

The Burnett River is the only natural habitat of the Queensland lungfish outside the Mary River.



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