Council has had an EAP since 1998. State legislation requires every local government that owns a dam in Queensland to prepare and implement an EAP (the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008).
The EAP identifies roles and responsibilities, communication procedures, and dam specific emergency scenarios. The EAP means that there is a detailed procedure in place to deal with emergency situations, thereby reducing the impact on communities.
Following the Queensland Flood Commission Enquiry in 2012, which specifically investigated dam-related issues in southeast Queensland, more prescriptive requirements were placed on all registered dam owners throughout Queensland.
Although the Enquiry made recommendations in the context of southeast Queensland dams, the State has asked all dam owners throughout Queensland to implement certain recommendations.