Rebuilding Paradise Dam

Sunwater will begin planning to build an entirely new wall at Paradise Dam following expert recommendations that the existing wall cannot be repaired or reinforced.

While the existing dam is safer now at the current lower supply level, thanks to the Essential Works project undertaken by Sunwater, it is clear that the existing dam wall has too many issues to be repaired.

Sunwater’s recommendation to Government is that the dam wall should be wholly replaced. In the meantime, the dam will remain at the current lower supply level. The Government remains committed to restoring the full water supply delivered by the original dam.

A New Wall for Paradise Dam That Will Serve The Community for 100 Years

Importantly, a new dam wall will meet stringent safety criteria and will ensure the Bundaberg region receives a lifelong asset that will reliably serve the community for at least 100 years, underpinning jobs and growth for the region for generations.

A business case for the new dam wall has now commenced and new environmental approvals will be sought. Timelines and costings will be confirmed following completion of the business case and approvals.

Sunwater has formed an alliance to deliver the new dam wall project at Paradise Dam – appointing CPB Contractors / Georgiou as construction partner and GHD as the ongoing design partner. This will ensure design and construction challenges are considered and addressed early, and options to reduce costs are identified through efficiencies and prudent planning.

The Government has also asked Sunwater to undertake a detailed business case to expand the irrigation network to allow future expansion of the Bundaberg Water Supply Scheme and address capacity constraints in accessing dam supply. This was a key recommendation out of the draft Bundaberg Burnett Regional Water Assessment.

Tom Smith MP: Restoring the Water Supply and Keeping People Safe

“The Miles Government is drawing a line in the sand. Making sure that we deliver on our commitment to restore the water supply in full, while eliminating any doubt for safety and water security of Bundaberg, Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith said.

“My commitment has always been to restore the water supply and to keep people safe. The evidence is clear, but so is the way forward. A new wall across the Burnett River will deliver a new strength for the agricultural and horticultural productivity of this region.”

Find out more about My Plan for Bundaberg here.