‘Storm King in no dan­ger of run­ning dry’

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

DE­SPITE a “one in a hun­dred year drought” Stan­thorpe and Storm King Dam is in no dan­ger of run­ning out of wa­ter any time soon.

Con­fi­dently, South­ern Downs mayor Tracy Do­bie has ex­pressed the view that Storm King Dam, de­spite only hav­ing 14 months of wa­ter re­main­ing, will not run dry. “Right now Storm King Dam has about 70 per cent in it. It is in a good catch­ment - it fills up very quickly,” Cr Do­bie said.

“It’s a dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tion to Leslie Dam (at 9 per cent ca­pac­ity). The last time Leslie was full was in the 2010/11 floods - we need a flood to fill Leslie, we don’t for Storm King.

“It’s a very good dam built in a good area. There has been only three oc­ca­sions since Storm King Dam has been con­structed that it has got low, but its never run out and wa­ter has never had to be trans­ported.

“But cer­tainly we plan for that,” Cr Do­bie said.

For­mer South­ern Downs mayor Ron Belling­ham said de­vel­op­ing new wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture was a must.

He re­called chal­lenges faced dur­ing his time in of­fice, when Storm King

Dam came within a fort­night of run­ning out of wa­ter.

“We were look­ing at hav­ing to truck wa­ter even from over the other side of the range which would be enor­mously ex­pen­sive,” he said.

“We have to think about how we can bet­ter con­struct in­fra­struc­ture in this re­gion that would be prac­ti­cal and not with enor­mous pump­ing costs.”

Cr Do­bie said coun­cil are “wait­ing for the com­ple­tion of the (Emu Swamp Dam) fea­si­bil­ity study that’s be­ing un­der­taken by the Cham­ber of Com­merce and for the Wa­ter Man­age­ment Plan to be is­sued by the State Gov­ern­ment that is due in Fe­bru­ary next year”.

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