Minister Orders No Change to North Pine Dam Levels


Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle has decided not to temporarily lower the water level of North Pine Dam for the 2012-13 wet season at this time.

Mr McArdle said he studied reports from the Department of Energy and Water Supply (DEWS) including analysis by the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), the Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts, Seqwater, the SEQ Water Grid Manager and the Queensland Water Commission.

Local MPs have supported the Minister's decision and the process that has been put in place to make this decision.

"The Minister has taken into account the difference between the current seasonal forecast, the 2010-11 forecasts, as well as drinking water security for south east Queensland, and decided not to lower North Pine Dam at this time," Mr Trevor Ruthenberg said.

"Minister McArdle will continually review the decision and the levels of both North Pine and Wivenhoe dams."

Mr Seath Holswich was on the Parliamentary Committee that reviewed the Water Legislation (Dam Safety and Water Supply Enhancement) Bill in recent weeks.

"Following the recent legislative changes in Parliament, the process the Department is required to follow to develop this advice has been significantly streamlined," Mr Holswich said.

"The new legislation allows the Department, and the responsible Minister, to be more responsive to new information. This includes updated seasonal forecasts and dam full supply levels which are monitored through the season," he said.

Mr Ruthenberg added that further decisions are still to be made about the on-going operation of North Pine Dam.

"The North Pine Dam Optimisation Study is still in progress and the outcomes of this Study will help shape the way the dam is managed in coming years."

North Pine Dam is currently at 96.5 per cent capacity.