Wide Bay Water has approached the State Government to question whether it needs to build a new fishway on No 1 dam after years of putting off the project.
Wide Bay Water has approached the State Government to question whether it needs to build a new fishway on No 1 dam after years of putting off the project. Tracey Joynson

WBW trying to wriggle out of building new fishway

WIDE Bay Water has approached the State Government to question whether it needs to build a fishway on No 1 dam on the Burrum River at Howard after years of putting off the project.

Acting WBW chief executive officer Peter Care said the corporation was awaiting a response from the government.

Building the fishway was a condition of approval to raise the capacity of Lenthalls Dam eight years ago.

WBW had put aside $3.2 million in 2010 to the project for expected completion by June this year but work seemed to stall during Fraser Coast Council's botched attempt to take back control of the corporation.

Mr Care said there was still no detailed design of the project.

"We have had a concept design completed and an estimate of cost which would be subject to a detailed design," he said.

"No detailed design has been completed and until it has, we cannot value the work to be undertaken."

Mr Care also said there was no firm date yet on when repairs to the malfunctioning crest gates on Lenthalls Dam would be completed.

"We would like to have all work completed before the 2014 wet season," he said.

Mr Care said only limited information could be made public because WBW was engaged in legal action against the gate's designers.

Fishway problems 

  • Fish were dying in tidal saltwater in the Burrum River because they were unable to get back to freshwater via No 1 Dam's existing fish ladder
  • WBW put aside $3.2 million in 2010 for a new fishway, but were not satisfied the fishway designs were going to work appropriately


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