SunWater has committed $50.5 million to reinstate and repair the Boondooma Dam spillway, in the South Burnett Region of Queensland, following damage sustained during the 2011 and 2013 flood events.

Queensland Treasurer, Curtis Pitt, said the work will support around 120 full-time jobs for the region during construction.

“These works are essential to ensure the ongoing supply of water needed to power the Tarong Power Station,” Mr Pitt said.

“Restoring Boondooma Dam is also critical to ensure a secure supply for its many irrigation, agricultural and domestic customers.

“The project will include stabilising the dam wall, constructing a new erosion control structure, additional defensive anchors and wall protection.

“Onsite works are expected to commence in late 2016 during the wet season and be delivered by the end of 2017.”

Built in 1982, the dam has a capacity of more than 204,200ML and supplies between 50 million and 80 million litres of water to Tarong Power Station every day.

Of the dam’s yield capacity, three quarters is allocated to the power station, and the remainder is for irrigation customers downstream of the junction with the Burnett River at Munduberra. 

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