Gordonbrook Dam, near Kingaroy, is at more than 95 per cent capacity.
Gordonbrook Dam, near Kingaroy, is at more than 95 per cent capacity. Heath Pukallus

Restrictions in place as council secures water future

SOUTH Burnett Regional Council is taking steps towards investing in the region's water security.

The South Burnett council area is currently at Level 3 town water restrictions, until significant inflows to the major dams are received.

Councillor Roz Frohloff announced during the general council meeting on Wednesday December 14, Boondooma Dam was at 40.2 per cent storage.

Bjelke-Petersen Dam is at 16.7 per cent, Gordonbrook Dam at 95.38 per cent and Boobir Dam is at 40 per cent.

Mayor Keith Campbell said following on from the allocation of $2 million in funding to be shared between the North and South Burnett for a water study, the South Burnett Water Users Group was formed.

The focus group of business representatives, consultants, farmers and irrigation specialists brainstormed possible projects the study could investigate.

These ideas included raising the dam wall on Gordonbrook Dam and utilising water in Paradise Dam, by taking water to the farming area of Coalstoun Lakes, then onwards to Bjelke-Petersen Dam.

The group discussed the potential of using recycled water at Tarong, however they said the recycled water works well in urban environments, but not as efficient in rural areas.

A further meeting of this group will be held in early 2019.

South Burnett

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