QLD Flood Commission hears from Peter Care Chief Operating Officer Wide Bay Water Corporation of Hervey Bay
Mr Peter Care gave evidence to the QLD Flood Comission on the 12/10/2011 in Maryborough regarding the emergency management and operating procedures of Lenthalls Dam which is owned and operated by Wide Bay Water Corporation (Fraser Coast Regional Council).
The Commission was interested in the operation of Lenthalls Dam due to the operation or non operation of the crest gates.
Mr Care told the Commission that WBWC will not know until the next flood event which is the unfortunate situation- that unless we have a flood even, we don't know whether they are going to work.
Mr Care also told the Commisson that WBWC again referred back to GHD the designers. He also stated that "WBWC are not dam designers so WBWC did not have the technology or the experience to make any decisions ourselves on the modifications so we went back to GHD and asked them to identify what potential problems there were and what action we could take"..
In his closing questioning Mr Callaghan asked Mr Care "Well just wrapping up the report, I suppose do we knopw, Mr Care, that these gates will ever work as designed? Mr Care stated that "Well I can't confirm that they'll ever work as designed. I am not a dam designer.
I understand that, but on the basis of all of the studies and experiences so far, can we say that we can't be sure that they will ever work as they're designed to work? Mr Care replied " I could not say they'll ever work. At the moment we do know that we do have some problems. We have been able to make changes to the tempory solutions that we identified in December 2010.......".
Mr Care also told the Commission that "One gate in particular, gate 5 has been the one we've had the greates difficulty with, which we have opened today, but the other four gates- all gates we have had problems with since day 1 in getting the gates to open".
For the complete Please refer to 35 to 45 of the Transcript of Proceedings Document PDF of the Queensland Floods Commisson of Inquiry.
MR JAMES O'SULLIVAN AC, Deputy Commissioner
MR PHILLIP CUMMINS, Deputy Commissioner
MR P CALLAGHAN SC, Counsel Assisting
MS E WILSON, Counsel Assisting
IN THE MATTER OF THE COMMISSIONS OF INQUIRY ACT 1950
COMMISSIONS OF INQUIRY ORDER (No. 1) 2011
QUEENSLAND FLOODS COMMISSION OF INQUIRY
THE HONOURABLE JUSTICE C HOLMES, Commissioner
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