Investigate dam possibility
PREVIOUS mention was made of the need for more dams. Our water problem is because of the shortsighted politicians who sit on their laurels.
In particular, previous suggestion was made to construct a dam on Herveys Range in the Dotswood area. The combined tributaries of Keelbottom, Clarke, Running River, Douglas and Fletcher rivers have huge amounts of water when an active wet season arrives in the area, creating a huge reserve of water that is wasted because Lake Dalrymple is at capacity.
All this water could additionally be stored in a dam constructed as mentioned and prior to spill over into Lake Dalrymple, where the excess would be captured, before overflowing to Rita Island and out to sea.
The prime factor with a dam built here is the pumping costs to Townsville would be much cheaper than from Lake Dalrymple. The natural elevation from the range down to Ross Dam would realise much of the transfer of water through gravity feeding.
This point should be investigated. There is too much water wasted when a good wet season arrives. YARN CORNISH,