QUESTIONS: Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle in Ipswich last month to announce flood protection options.
QUESTIONS: Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle in Ipswich last month to announce flood protection options. David Nielsen

Landowners want detail on Lower Warrill Creek dam plan

RESIDENTS in the Willowbank area have called on the State Government to provide further detail on the location of the dam proposed for Lower Warrill Creek.

When the options for flood mitigation infrastructure were announced by Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle in Ipswich last month, he said the proposed Lower Warrill Creek dam site had not yet been identified.

"That will be a matter for further investigation of lower Warrill to come up with the right answer and the right location," he said.

The report does detail that a dam at Lower Warrill Creek would affect 15 homes and 110 properties, but would have the potential to save 1200 homes in the event of a 2011 scale flood.

Mr McArdle said a more detailed study of the proposed Lower Warrill Creek dam, a second proposed dam near Linville, north of Toogoolawah, and plans to raise the walls of Wivenhoe Dam would be handed down in December 2015.

Rosewood-based councillor David Pahlke called for the State Government to release more detailed maps of the area considered under the proposed Lower Warrill Creek dam site.

"This announcement immediately raises uncertainty and places question marks over residents' properties, and their family's future," he said.

"Which properties, which houses? Please release the map. This uncertainty can't drag on for years."

Willowbank Area Residents Group president George Hatchman said Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss had promised a briefing on water levels and the land involved once further detail was available.

"It could well be an advantage to Ipswich but there are other issues for Defence, private property and people's livelihoods that concerns me," Mr Hatchman said.

"You've got to get down to the reality of what's offered and what's on the table, what compensation is there and the whole practicality of it going ahead."

Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the council would have to wait for further information from the feasibility study before it could determine what the impacts would be on Somerset and its residents.

"Council will seek adequate compensation on behalf of residents and or businesses if a dam was built in the region and land resumptions were to take place," Cr Lehmann said.


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