Miles Doing What Matters: Enabling works commencing on Somerset Dam, ahead of major upgrade

Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and Minister for Water The Honourable Glenn Butcher
  • Enabling works will commence, ahead of major upgrades to Somerset Dam
  • Works will include replacement of eight sluice gates, civil works and geotechnical investigations
  • Miles Government’s State budget included $13 million for work in 2024-25
  • Procurement is underway to manufacture purpose-built sluice gates
  • Project expected to support approximately 150 jobs
  • Somerset residents encouraged to sign-up to community notifications


Water Minister Glenn Butcher has visited Somerset Dam to inspect where important early and enabling works will commence onsite, as part of the first stage of the Somerset Dam Improvement Project.

Somerset Dam continues to operate safely, and the Dam Improvement Project will ensure the dam meets modern engineering and design standards to provide ongoing safety and water security for years to come.

New Premier Steven Miles’ 2024-25 Queensland Budget included $13 million for planning work for the Somerset Dam Improvement Project.

The enabling works will include the removal of the spillway (radial) gates, replacement of eight sluice gates, and installation of a drainage curtain.

Procurement is underway for the manufacture of modern, purpose-built and hydraulically operated sluice gates. Tender submissions have been received, with manufacturing work expected to commence in 2025 upon contract award and project approvals.

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