WATER IN RESERVE: Dalveen could see the introduction of a new reservoir.
WATER IN RESERVE: Dalveen could see the introduction of a new reservoir. Matt Collins

Dalveen water project planned as SDRC asks to redirect funds

A WATER reservoir may be constructed at Dalveen after the Southern Downs Regional Council requested the reallocation of funding from the State Government.

An upgrade to the Daggs Falls lookout will be put on hold as SDRC seeks to redistribute the $300,000 of Works for Queensland funding to the new reservoir.

After funding was allocated in the 2019-2020 council budget, engineering assessments determined the Daggs Falls lookout was structurally sound and, consequently, the project wasn't actually required.

In addition, the land the lookout is located on is controlled by the Department of Transport and Main Roads and therefore not council property.

Water infrastructure is clearly more important, according to councillor Marika McNichol.

"The needs there are just greater,” she said.

The existing reservoir at Dalveen has completely failed and according to Ms McNichol, "something there just wasn't quite right.”

The new reservoir would further contribute to SDRC's water contingency plan to improve long-term water security for the region.

It is the second water infrastructure upgrade on the cards for Dalveen, after the budget allocated for upgrades to the rejuvenation of the well.

The $300,000 is a small portion of the $2.87 million being contributed to the development of the Southern Downs over the current financial year.

Other major projects will include the relocation of the Warwick SES to the APRA building, landscape and fencing at the Warwick Men's Shed and a new flight training hangar at the Warwick Aerodrome.



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