Ti­na­roo set to spill for first time since 2012

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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

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