A local construction firm has won a major contract on the $24 million Ewen Maddock Dam upgrade that aims to create up to 70 local jobs.
Buderim’s Hall Contracting will help bring the dam in line with modern engineering design standards and improve the existing beach and swimming area.
Construction on the first stage is expected to take 18 months, beginning at the end of March. It will involve raising and strengthening the existing embankment walls while also improving the recreation area.
Natural Resources Minister Anthony Lynham the project is part of an ongoing dam improvement program that aims to ensure all of Queensland’s dams perform safely, well into the future.
“Across the state, our publicly-owned water infrastructure has to meet modern engineering and safety standards,” he said.
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“This is a great outcome with a local contractor being awarded the work for the first stage.’’
Seqwater Chief Executive Officer Neil Brennan said the designated swimming and beach area as well as Maddock Park would need to close for up to 18 months during the first stage.
“We understand that Ewen Maddock Dam is a very popular recreation destination and apologise for any inconvenience to the local community,” he said.
“Seqwater has staged construction to reduce the amount of time water levels have to be lowered and to minimise the closure of the lake.
“The walking and mountain bike trails will still be available at the Ornamental Wetlands area, off Steve Irwin Way on the opposite side of the lake.”
The second stage of construction will see the existing spillway strengthened and will be subject to a second tender process. The timing of Stage 2 works is expected to be finalised by the end of the year.