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Have your say – Community Reference Group

Seqwater is establishing a Community Reference Group (CRG) for the Somerset Dam Upgrade. This group will work collaboratively with Seqwater to develop and implement a Social Impact Management Plan (SIMP) for the project.

The group will help identify potential impacts of the upgrade and ways to mitigate them as well as opportunities to maximise community benefits from the project.

Members of the CRG are expected to participate in at least six workshops in 2020 to create a draft SIMP. The outcomes of the workshops will be shared on this website so the rest of the community can have their say too.

Get involved

The CRG will include representation from many different stakeholder groups, so that we can better understand and consider different interests and concerns. We’re looking for people who can represent:

  • Residents living near the construction site (Somerset Dam village), upstream of the dam wall (Kilcoy, Hazeldean, etc) and downstream of the dam wall (Esk, Fernvale, etc)
  • Property owners or lessees adjacent to Lake Somerset or the Stanley River between Somerset Dam and Wivenhoe Dam
  • Businesses, including local businesses, tourism operators and employment or training services
  • Community interests including recreation, environment, heritage, health and community services.

To register your interest in being part of the CRG, download and complete the application form below and return it to Seqwater by 5pm on Thursday, 2 January 2020

Successful applicants will be notified before the first workshop in February 2020.

Applications can be emailed to [email protected] or posted to PO Box 328, Ipswich QLD 4305. Preference will be given to individual applicants who can demonstrate strong connections to other members of their stakeholder groups – for example, membership of community organisations.

What to expect

The CRG will:

  • Assist with developing a Social Impact Management Plan (SIMP) that represents both community and Seqwater needs, addresses project impacts, and maximises opportunities and benefits.
  • Actively involve the community and key stakeholders in planning and decision making to ensure project delivery meets community expectations.
  • Raise awareness and understanding of the project in the community.
  • Improve Seqwaters understanding of community impacts and concerns related to the project, and the projects response to them.

The CRG will meet for half day weekend workshops starting in February 2020. The CRG will continue to meet during construction to provide feedback on the effectiveness of mitigation measures. The CRG will help Seqwater improve the management of social impacts associated with the project.

Any questions?

For all media enquiries, please contact a member of our media team by phone or email:

07 3247 3000

[email protected]

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