With social distancing measures still in place, community meetings to discuss the Somerset Dam Upgrade Project and develop a Social Impact Management Plan are now being held virtually.
Members of the Somerset Dam Upgrade Community Reference Group (CRG) are now meeting online to discuss and share views on the anticipated impacts of the project.
The group, made up of volunteers representing different stakeholder groups across the Somerset Region, has been meeting for half-day weekend workshops since February.
Their first online workshop, held on 2 May, focused on the economic and employment opportunities for the Somerset Region and identified practical actions to maximise local benefits.
Project Director Ed Ebert said despite COVID-19 restrictions, the group was keen to keep on track and worked with Seqwater to hold the May workshop online.
“COVID-19 mitigation protocols have presented numerous changes and challenges,” Mr Ebert said.
“These meetings are important because they are all about identifying and managing impacts associated with the upgrade project as well as opportunities for maximising community benefits from the project.
“The group was enthusiastic and accommodating in transitioning to an online format, which speaks to the dedication of all involved.”
“We are very grateful for their flexibility and adaptability in the circumstances.”
Mr Ebert said anyone interested in the outcomes of these sessions, could visit the Seqwater website to see what has been discussed and provide their feedback.
Somerset Dam is one of several dams to be upgraded as part of Seqwater’s Dam Improvement Program, with construction expected to begin in 2022.
The CRG members include community leaders with a proven history of working for the Somerset Region and include representatives from the Somerset Dam and Districts Progress Association, Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce and the Rural Fire Brigade – even a former local mayor.
For more information visit: seqwater.com.au/what-were-doing