‘Storm King in no danger of running dry’
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”.