Seqwater is gearing up to celebrate a number of special anniversaries over the next few months, which will put a spotlight on the past, present and future of water supply in South East Queensland.
Seqwater Chief Executive Officer Peter Dennis said the bulk water authority would be hosting a number of free community events at various dam sites across the region.
“The year 2016 marks several important milestones in our region’s water history,” Mr Dennis said.
“Hinze Dam, located on the Gold Coast, which was originally constructed in 1976, celebrates its 40th anniversary.
“It’s also the 100th anniversary of Lake Manchester, located west of Brisbane and the 150th anniversary of Enoggera Reservoir - Queensland’s first major drinking water storage dam – and the 40th anniversary of North Pine Dam.”
Seqwater is inviting the community to join them in celebrating Hinze Dam's 40th anniversary on 23 July.
Mr Dennis said anniversaries were opportunities to look back and take stock of the past as well as plan for future.
“I invite South East Queenslanders to come along and join Seqwater in celebrating our proud water history.”
“It can be easy to take a safe, secure water supply for granted – but water is essential for all aspects of life, and we’re very proud of the role we play in a healthy and prosperous South East Queensland.
The series of events, Celebrate Water – Our past, our future, will kick off at Hinze Dam on 23 July with a free day-long festival.
The community event will be MC’d by Channel 7 presenter Liz Cantor and will offer entertainment for the whole family, including music with local acts Blue Poppy and Midnight Grove.
There will also behistorical and catchment creature tours, a fun interactive science show for kids and plenty of food stalls and displays.
Aerial shot of Hinze Dam
The celebrations will continue on August 28, with an Opera in the Reservoir event held at Enoggera.
The event will be held in the Enoggera Reservoir with a free performance from the Underground Opera Company.
Other anniversary celebrations at Lake Manchester and North Pine dams will take place later in the year.
Mr Dennis said the history of South East Queensland’s water supply was a fascinating and often dramatic story as engineers and planners worked to adapt to a rapidly growing population over the decades.
And the challenges continue as Seqwater plans for the next 30 years with the water security program and the Water for life community engagement process.
The bulk water authority recently completed its 2016 round of community forums, which provided residents the opportunity to have their say on South East Queensland’s water future.
“Since July 2015 we have been gathering people’s feedback about what they consider is important when it comes to planning our region’s water supply in the next 30 years,” Mr Dennis said.
“Water is essential to life and fundamental to our way of life in South East Queensland and it’s important that our water supply planning contributes to a growing and more liveable region.”
Channel 7 presenter Liz Cantor will be MC at the Celebrate Water - 40 Years of Hinze Festival on 23 July.