The Paluma Dam spillway will get a $1.2 million enhancement ahead of the wet season with construction of a new protective slab beginning this week.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the project would improve the safety of the Paluma Dam spillway, ensuring it would last well into the future.

“This $1.2 million project is being undertaken to protect the foundations of the bridge and ensure that the spillway functions as needed during the wet season,” Cr Hill said.

“The project will support up to 5 local jobs, with Townsville-based company CivilPlus engaged to complete the project in collaboration with Council construction staff.

“This particular project is the last of a series of projects to upgrade and enhance the Paluma Dam which have been conducted over the past year, with works including replacement of steel flashboards and installation of new rock anchors.

“It’s important that we continue to invest in our critical infrastructure and ensure that they can continue serving the community during the years to come.”

Townsville Water and Waste Committee chairperson Russ Cook said the project would mean access to the spillway is limited for the duration of the works.

“The access to the Paluma Dam spillway will be restricted while our staff and contractors are onsite completing this project and there will be noise in the area,” Cr Cook said.

“To install the new concrete slab there will be some rock drilling occurring which will make noise at the Dam and surrounding area for the next couple of weeks.

“The campsite and the road to the Dam will remain open during the project.

“It is crucial that we get this project done before the wet weather sets in for the summer, so we thank both residents and visitors for their patience.”