State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle yesterday wrote to the CEO of SEQWater and Minister for Energy and Water Supply Mark Bailey to request that a community forum be held in response to recent reports of a potential “flood failure zone” for Ewen Maddock Dam.
It comes as the Courier Mail on 15 July reported that a business seeking approval to set up near the dam was advised by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council that the development “presents a significant risk to human life and property.” It is alleged that the Council’s advice was based on information contained in a document prepared by SEQWater concerning the dam in Mooloolah Valley.
Mr McArdle said that in light of these articles, the communities of Landsborough, Glenview and Mooloolah Valley may well be very concerned about potential risk to their businesses, homes and families.
“Firstly, I believe that the report concerning the safety of the Dam needs to be made available for the public. Fear of the unknown is a powerful thing and until the community is able to see the information for themselves, worry can gnaw away.” Mr McArdle said.
“The forum could serve to answer many questions that the public may have regarding their personal safety and associated risk with living within the Dam’s flood zone.”
“Reports have also indicated that work will begin on upgrading the dam in 2019. I have requested that this be a topic of discussion if the forum is to take place so that the community could be advised of what will be undertaken and how that date was decided upon.” Mr McArdle said.
“My hope this that a decision to hold a community meeting is made swiftly and some assurance can be given to those communities that could potentially be impacted if a dam failure were to occur.”
“I will keep the community informed of any response that I have from the Minister or SEQWater.” Mr McArdle concluded.