A $1.36 million project to dredge Theresa Creek Dam will help future proof Clermont’s water security, Queensland’s Isaac Regional Council announced today.
The council has engaged a contractor to remove 12,000 cubic metres of the dam’s built-up sediment by the end of May.
Commenting the latest news, Mayor Anne Baker said that this essential project is just one of many that will improve critical water infrastructure needs in Clermont.
“Council is very proud to have partnered with the Queensland Government to bring these works into fruition,” Mayor Baker said.
“The dredging process will allow for full access to available raw water at different levels of the water tower. This means more consistent quality of water can be obtained for the supply to the water treatment plant, and delivery to the Clermont community.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Local Government, Steven Miles, added that the works are funded with the help of the $59 million 2019-21 Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program (LGGSP).
“This program is designed is to help local governments deliver priority infrastructure and essential services that meet the identified needs of their communities,” Mr Miles said.
“The Queensland Government has allocated $900,000 to the Theresa Creek Dam Water Storage project, which the Isaac Regional Council estimates will create or support 24 local jobs.”
The current water intake tower at Policeman’s Creek channel has four portals for the pumping of raw water to the water treatment plant, which supplies the township’s water source. This project will return two of the lower portals which are silted over into service, said the council.
Initial stages of the project have commenced, including preparing the site, earthworks and installing a bypass pump before dredging begins after the Easter long weekend.
The Theresa Creek Dam desilting project is a joint initiative of Isaac Regional Council and the Queensland Government.
The dredging is expected to be completed by May 2021.