Independent social impact assessment: proposed Castle Hope Dam - Calliope River, and Awoonga Dam upgrade, Queensland

Montaz, Salim, Taylor, Bruce, and Lockie, Stewart (1998) Independent social impact assessment: proposed Castle Hope Dam - Calliope River, and Awoonga Dam upgrade, Queensland. Report. Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, QLD, Australia.

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[Extract] The Gladstone Area Water Board as part of its preferred strategy for water supply augmentation to supply predicted industrial demands, has proposed a number of developments in the Gladstone-Calliope Region. The development options involve the upgrading of the existing Awoonga Dam facility on the Boyne River and a proposal to construct a new dam on the Calliope River at Castle Hope. The proposals were released in June 1996 as part of a Water Supply Source Options study for the Gladstone Area Water Board prepared by the Department of Natural Resources, Queensland.

The development proposals assessed in this Independent Social Impact Assessment are:

1. Development of a new dam at the Castle Hope Site on the Calliope River, located 33.0 kilometers from the Calliope River's most downstream point (AMTD 33.0 km). The optimum proposed storage level when full would be at an elevation of 35m (FSL EL 35.0), with a storage capacity of 390 000 megalitres producing an annual yield of 45 100 megalitres. An associated delivery system is also proposed. The first stage of this new source and related delivery works will be required by around 2000-0 1.

2. Raising of the existing Awoonga Dam, possibly in two stages, when future water demand justifies further water source development works. A raising of the existing Awoonga Dam - currently with a full storage level of 30.0 metres elevation and a storage capacity of 270 000 megalitres - to the optimum proposed storage level of 53.5 metres elevation (FSL EL 53.5m). This would produce a storage capacity of 2 000 000 megalitres and an annual yield of 149 700 megalitres.

This Independent Social Impact Assessment conducted by the Rural Social and Economic Research Centre, Central Queensland University, was commissioned by the Calliope Shire Rate and Taxpayers Association, Queensland and funded by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Queensland Government, following concerns raised in the communities local to the development proposals. These concerns regarded the extent to which the proponent would address social impacts and appropriate community participation in the development process. This study is independent of the proponent and any studies conducted by or on behalf of the Gladstone Area Water Board. The scope of the study and Terms of Reference were determined through negotiation with the Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Community Reference Group - the Calliope Shire Rate and Taxpayers Association - and the Rural Social and Economic Research Centre study team.

The principal objectives of this study are to identify social issues and potential social impacts relevant to the proposed water infrastructure developments of the Gladstone Area Water Board on the communities of the Gladstone-Calliope region.

Item ID: 34878
Item Type: Report (Report)
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Prepared for The Calliope Shire Rate and Taxpayers Association, Queensland

ISBN: 1875902805
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2016 01:09
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160804 Rural Sociology @ 20%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160802 Environmental Sociology @ 30%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960504 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Environments @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960905 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Water Management @ 50%
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