Why build a second dam?

Once operational, Emu Swamp Dam (ESD) will hold 12,000ML, while Storm King Dam (SKD) holds 2,000ML, at full capacity. ESD has a significantly larger catchment area than SKD, meaning it will require less rain events to fill, due to its size, and will hold water for longer. The catchment for ESD will not affect [...]

Why build a second dam?2021-05-18T04:51:22+00:00

How will the GBIP benefit the greater Granite Belt Community?

GBIP will enhance community wellbeing by significantly contributing to the prosperity of communities and businesses of all types in the region. Besides the economic benefits during construction and the long-term boost to agricultural production in the region, it will also create a new 220ha lake, 15km from Stanthorpe, which will have facilities to benefit [...]

How will the GBIP benefit the greater Granite Belt Community?2021-05-18T04:49:19+00:00

Is $84 million enough to build the dam and irrigation network?

The cost of the scheme is constantly being reviewed. Based on the preliminary designs and the allowances made in the Detailed Business Case, the Project remains confident it will be able to be delivered within the $84 million budget. At the end of the tendering process, the Project and the Government will no longer [...]

Is $84 million enough to build the dam and irrigation network?2021-05-18T04:49:02+00:00

Will the Project be able to source enough clay?

The Project has completed an extensive investigation of potential clay sources for construction. A clay source has been identified only 50km from the Project site. The requirements for clay will be determined by the construction methodology and final dam design.

Will the Project be able to source enough clay?2021-05-18T04:48:41+00:00

Will a pipeline be built from Emu Swamp Dam to Storm King Dam?

A pipeline will not be built between the two dams. The proposed pipeline will pass near Stanthorpe and the existing Southern Downs Regional Council pipeline network. We will be working with SDRC to determine the most appropriate place that, if necessary, the two infrastructures can be linked to provide water to Stanthorpe. [...]

Will a pipeline be built from Emu Swamp Dam to Storm King Dam?2021-05-18T04:48:27+00:00

What is the Stop/Go/Pause point?

The Stop/Go/Pause Point is a decision and risk mechanism built into the conditional funding offer from the Queensland Government. It is a common milestone in infrastructure projects. It gives the Australian and Queensland Governments, along with the members of the project, a clear process in which to evaluate and ensure everything is on track [...]

What is the Stop/Go/Pause point?2021-05-18T04:48:15+00:00

How many jobs will the GBIP create?

Infrastructure consultants, Jacobs Engineering Group, completed a detailed business case assessment on the Emu Swamp Dam project which determined GBIP will create 250 full-time jobs during its construction. This business case also assessed that the dam, when completed, will contribute to increasing the annual value of the region’s gross farm production by $68 million [...]

How many jobs will the GBIP create?2021-05-18T04:47:53+00:00

Has the pipeline route been changed?

Yes, the pipeline route has been adjusted. The landholders whose property will no longer be affected, following the adjustment, have been contacted. The Project is in the process of notifying any additional landholders who may be impacted. If you have any concerns, please contact the Project. We would like to thank the landholders who [...]

Has the pipeline route been changed?2021-05-18T04:52:01+00:00

What will be done with land procured for environmental ‘offsets’?

The land procured for environmental offset is necessary to create new, or recover, habitat from land surrounding the dam and pipeline sites, resulting in a net gain in habitat to the area. In conjunction with the Australian and State Governments, the Project will ensure these offsets are managed to guarantee meaningful restoration and rehabilitation [...]

What will be done with land procured for environmental ‘offsets’?2021-05-18T04:47:15+00:00

Is the Granite Belt Irrigation Project really happening?

We are now in the pre-construction phase. During this period we are undertaking the detailed planning, tendering, and budgeting needed to make a formal decision to proceed with the project. We expect this decision will be made by the third quarter, 2021. We need to work through this detailed planning to be able to [...]

Is the Granite Belt Irrigation Project really happening?2021-05-18T04:45:24+00:00
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