News

Class action lodged over Callide Dam 'inland tsunami'

SUNWATER created an "inland tsunami" and was "grossly negligent" for the destruction of property and possessions from the floods in the Callide Valley following Cyclone Marcia, according to engineer Ken Pearce.

Mr Pearce has worked with dams and water management since 1973 and said operators should have been standing at their post operating the gates before the water reached its peak.

The cyclone raised the dam's water level to a point where the dam gates were automatically triggered and released 1.8 Olympic-sized swimming pools into the Callide Valley per second.

Mr Pearce said the operators had a duty of care for the people of the Callide Valley.

"They weren't standing by their posts because of the cyclone. That's not good enough," he said.

"If the operators are at risk standing at their post ready to operate the gates, it is a flaw in the design."

In his opinion it was fundamentally neglect on SunWater's behalf for operating the dam in a way where it was unsafe to open the gates manually in a weather event.

Victorian law firm Madden's Lawyers also believes SunWater was negligent and on Wednesday filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of the victims.

Principal lawyer Brendan Pendergast said inquiries led lawyers to conclude the damage caused by the uncontrolled release could have been avoided.

"We know SunWater was aware of the pending weather conditions in the lead-up to February 20 and that the Callide Dam was already close to capacity," he said.

"We'll be convening periodic community meetings in the Biloela and Jambin regions to provide local residents with up to date advice and information."

Jambin resident Glen Livingstone said he wanted to join the class action against SunWater but had not been asked.

"I received a letter from Madden's Lawyers telling me it would wait for the independent report to be released," he said.

The report was scheduled to be released last Friday but has been postponed until June 5.

"The law suit was filed on the day the report was rescheduled so the lawyers must have some good evidence," Mr Livingstone said.

He said he wanted compensation for the equipment he lost.

"Something back would be great. I'd also like a bit of rain at the moment," he said.

Topics:  callide dam cyclone marcia editors picks gladstone sunwater



Date nights under $50

ACCORDING to The Bachelor falling in love involves helicopter rides, private jets, shopping trips, and we mustn’t forget the hot tubs.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Insider’s guide to the best rooftop bars

Eleven Rooftop Bar is one to put on your hit list.

SEE the world from a different perspective...

Where to get your hands on the best wings

Try out these bad boys at Buffalo Bar.

IS THERE anything better than a wicked bowl of chicken wings? Nope.

What would you do, go for a local company or cheaper quote?

Paulette and Owen Lindley with their crew in just one of the grounds they maintain on a volunteer basis.

Debate over going local or going cheaper

Man airlifted after leg crushed in tractor incident

A 58-year-old male was airlifted yesterday after a light machinery accident at Kroombit Tops National Park.

A 58-year-old man was airlifted after a machinery accident

Teen, 19 threatens to call cops when dad gets physical with girlfriend

Generic stock photo domestic violence.  Photo Contributed

A GLADSTONE man has been told to leave a 7-year toxic relationship

Local Partners

Better phone service for Gladstone's regional towns

Telstra: "This technology is delivering big benefits to these rural and regional communities”


Win a $1000

GROCERY GIFT CARD!
Learn More

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

What public holidays are left in 2017

Ipswich residents will get the day off tomorrow for the show.

IPSWICH residents will get tomorrow off for the show

Caitlyn comes home to launch debut album

Gympie's Caitlyn Shadbolt will launch here debut album Songs On My Sleeve at an exclusive all-ages concert in Gympie on Friday, May 26.

Win tickets to Caitlyn's album launch

Rebel Wilson says she didn’t have to lie to make it

I’M not glamorous, but that doesn’t make me a liar: that’s the message from Rebel Wilson on her second day in the witness box.

Kim Kardashian slammed over Manchester tribute

Kim Kardashian's tribute to Manchester didn't go down well

Top Gun 2 movie is happening, Tom Cruise confirms

Tom Cruise in a scene from the movie Top Gun.

TOM Cruise delights fans with announcement on Sunrise.

The first Baywatch movie reviews are in

From left, Jon Bass, Alex Daddario, Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, Kelly Rohrbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera in a scene from the movie Baywatch.

Critics were less than impressed.

Boyfriend loses it over sex lie

Stacey Louise’s sex lie destroys her relationship.

SEVEN Year Switch’s Stacey told a fib about her sex life.

Why Crowe’s thankful for those ‘bulls**t’ rumours

Russell Crowe and Terri Irwin in 2007.

Crowe and Terri Irwin have been dodging dating rumours for years now

MOVIE REVIEW: King Arthur - Legend of the Sword

Charlie Hunnam in a scene from the movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

Why the critics have got Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur all wrong.

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

New tool reveals which areas are most 'vulnerable' for renters

An aerial shot of Agnes Water main beach. According to new information, people renting in the region are more vulnerable than those in Gladstone suburbs.

Big differences between living in Gladstone and outer areas

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!