About the EAP

As the owner of Copperlode Falls Dam, Cairns Regional Council (Council) has a legal obligation under the Queensland State Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008 to have an Emergency Action Plan (EAP).

The EAP has provisions regarding the identification, detection and management of dam hazards, as well as dam hazard and emergency events and how effective warnings and notifications are communicated to those potentially impacted.

The EAP details the processes that will be activated to notify people who live immediately downstream of the Copperlode Falls Dam who may potentially be affected in the unlikely event of a dam failure that may cause property damage or endanger human life.

While the likelihood of a dam failure is extremely low, Council’s priority is always focused on the safety of our community and our visitors.

As an enhancement to the current EAP, we are deploying the latest technology to improve our early warning system in the unlikely event of an emergency such as dam failure, severe flooding, or fire.

Outdoor warning stations, consisting of speakers mounted to a series of towers, will be positioned throughout the Redlynch Valley from Crystal Cascades to Brinsmead.  Please refer to the location map to view approximate locations for each station. ( PDF, 6.07 MB )

Should an emergency occur, activation of the outdoor warning stations is one component of our multi-channel communications that provide real-time alerts and information to residents and visitors.  These include text messages, phone calls, radio broadcasting and social media messaging.


You can view the Copperlode Falls Dam EAP in full below.

Copperlode Falls Dam Emergency Action Plan
( PDF, 8.45 MB )

Appendix 1 - Notification and Activation Flowchart   ( PDF, 0.12 MB )

Appendix 2 - Redacted

Appendix 3 - CFD Emergency Control Organisation Operational Checklists ( PDF, 0.95 MB )

  • Dam Emergency Controller Operational Checklist
  • Dam Emergency Support Officer Operational Checklist
  • Dam Emergency Observer Operational Checklist
  • Dam Emergency Compliance Coordinator Operational Checklist
  • Dam Emergency Quality Officer Operational Checklist
  • Dam Emergency Administration Officer Operational Checklist

Appendix 4 - Copperlode Falls Dam Emergency Evacuation Plan ( PDF, 3.85 MB )

Appendix 5 - Whispir Emergency Notifications ( PDF, 0.14 MB )

  • SDF Notifcations to PAR
  • Maximum Probable Flood Notifications to PAR

Appendix 6: NEAS Polygon Map and Alert Requests Forms ( PDF, 0.68 MB )

  • NEAS Polygon Map
  • Alert 2 CFD Flood - Watch and Act Message
  • Alert 3 CFD Flood - Evacuation Message
  • Alert 3 CFD Failure - Evacuation Message

Appendix 7: Dam Emergency Media Release Templates ( PDF, 0.09 MB )

  • Copperlode Falls Dam Emergency Evacuation Notice
  • SDF Inundation Notice

Appendix 8: Emergency Control Organisation Support Tool ( PDF, 0.14 MB )

  • Event Log
  • Situation Report

Appendix 9: General Arrangement Drawings ( PDF, 0.16 MB )

  • General Arrangement of Dam
  • Dam Embankment Details
  • Spillway Details

Appendix 10: Inundation Maps and Hydrographs ( PDF, 2.94 MB )

  • Inundation Maps
  • Hydrographs for identified events

Appendix 11: Public Information Mapping ( PDF, 0.26 MB )

  • CFD EAP Zone Map Overview

Copperlode Dam EAP Review 2018

The Redlynch Valley area experienced a severe rainfall event on the evening of 26 March 2018. Shortly after, Cairns Regional Council commissioned specialist consultants, Ironside Risk Partners, to undertake an independent review of the Copperlode Dam Emergency Action Plan (EAP) to identify any improvements that could be made to the plan and to assess its application during the major weather event.

This review has been completed and Council will now set about implementing recommendations contained within it. Council will continue to progress the installation of an early warning system to notify the population at risk in the extremely unlikely event of a dam emergency.

Download the Copperlode Dam EAP Review report ( PDF, 0.49 MB ), or view a printed copy at Libraries or Council’s Customer Service Centre (Spence Street, Cairns).

For questions or comments on the Copperlode EAP Review, you can:

Redlynch Valley rainfall event review 2018

Following this severe rainfall event, Council also engaged specialist consultants, BMT WBM Pty Ltd, to undertaken an independent forensic review in order to assess and determine the cause of the associated flash flooding in the Redlynch Valley area.

Last updated: 01 October 2020