Tinaroo set to spill for first time since 2012
www.cairnspost.com.au ANDREA FALVO the farmers aren’t allowed to use as much of their requirement as necessary so they can’t grow as many crops.
“And from the tourism industry point of view for water sports, we know with recent years with the dam being down to 30 per cent the skiers don’t come, the holiday-makers don’t come and our businesses right around the lake and in the town suffer.”
Cr Paronella said a fish net had also been installed a few hundred metres from the dam wall to stop any fish, especially barramundi, from being flushed over. He urged boaties, swimmers and skiers to keep clear of the net.
“It’s only ever put in when there’s a chance of the dam going over,” he said.
Cairns’s major water supply, Copperlode Dam, is also sitting pretty and is currently at 108 per cent capacity.
A council spokeswoman said it was normal for the dam to be spilling for three to four months of the year.
The dam will continue to be monitored over the heavy rainfall period, with the Emergency Action Plan (EAP) to be activated if the trigger point is reached.
This follows the EAP being activated at the “Alert” level last weekend due to dam level reaching 1.5m above the spillway. The EAP remained in place until Monday morning.
RUN FOR COVER: English tourists Matt Rankin and Sophie Mauwdsley dash through the heavy rain in Cairns. Picture: ANNA ROGERS
CHOCK-A-BLOCK: Tinaroo Falls Dam has almost reached capacity and Sunwater says it may soon spill. Picture: ANITA GILLESPIE