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 asked all dam owners throughout Queensland to implement certain recommendations.
The implementation of an Early Warning System is an enhancement to the current Copperlode Falls Dam EAP. This enhancement was recommended following the Enquiry, and is something that all dam owners in Queensland are considering.
The Early Warning System provides multiple emergency alerts to reach those impacted and encompasses multi-channel communications that are sent out to the persons at risk (PAR) in the unlikely event of a dam failure. These communications will include SMS, phone calls, emails, radio, social media and notification via the Outdoor Warning Stations.
Outdoor warning stations
The outdoor warning stations provide simultaneous communication across the valley to residents and others who are in the area at the time. The stations consist of a series of nine towers housing audible warning systems mounted at a height of 15-20m above the ground on metal poles.
The outdoor warning stations are located throughout the Redlynch Valley from Crystal Cascades to Brinsmead, in the areas that provide the best acoustic performance. They are all located on Council property. Please refer to the location map to view approximate locations for each station. ( PDF, 6.07 MB )
Installation works began in April 2019 and on completion a live testing exercise of the outdoor warning stations was undertaken in October 2019. For more information on live testing of the outdoor warning stations, please view Council's live testing page.