Advocacy | Paradise Dam

Paradise Dam

As growers, irrigators and business owners we are very concerned about the safety of our community, we are also concerned with the long-term viability of our community, jobs for our community and investment in and development of our region.

It is our belief that options for remediation on Paradise Dam need to be explored further. Our region, your business and your family cannot afford for our dam’s capacity to be reduced on the basis of testing not being comprehensive enough.

Please help us capture the importance of Paradise Dam to your business by filling out this short survey which will assist in the economic impact analysis that is being co-funded by Bundaberg Regional Council, Canegrowers Bundaberg and Isis and Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers.

If you are a macadamia grower we are seeking further information to guage water requirements for this expanding industry. Please capture your current and forward planting requirements here

The three peak Industry representive organisations; BFVG and Canegrowers Bundaberg and Isis have united to actively work together to address the issues surrounding Paradise Dam. Whist we are individually progressing industry specific views our agreed advocacy positions are captured in this Joint Industry Statement

To be part of the conversation and join the mailing list for specific Paradise Dam Advocacy please email

Support Paradise Dam Advocacy

Paradise Dam Fund – Trust Account

Trust Held by MRH Lawyers on behalf of BFVG

Name:  MRH Lawyers Law Practice Trust Account
Bank:  Commonwealth Bank of Australia
BSB: 064 403
Account: 1089 1119
Reference: 776389 plus your name

Important note: These bank details are correct and current; never accept an email message advisin the account details have changed, Trust Account numbers have been targeted recently by Hacking events.

The BFVG Board are supported in their advocacy through the tireless effort and support of the Paradise Dam Industry Committee which is made up of large scale commercial horticultural producers in the Region. Industry Committee Chair Tina McPherson can be reached at

For all advocacy topics contact Bree Grima (BFVG Managing Director) Email | Phone 0403 616 702 

Media Releases

Media Release | Friday 22nd May 2020

No escape clause in Commission of Inquiry report

There should be an immediate halt of works to tear down the Paradise Dam wall.
The Commission of Inquiry Report into Paradise Dam agrees with expert opinion that more testing is needed to resolve doubts about the dam’s stability and doesn’t provide the Government an escape clause from its obligation to restore the dam to Full Service Level.

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Media Release | Friday 24th April 2020

The facts about Paradise Dam in Queensland

Agriculture is a foundation industry for the local economy and Paradise Dam underpins the health of the sector. If there is no water, there is no crop and no income and that affects every business in the region.

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Media Release | Friday 17th April 2020

No Water, No Crop, No Income

Agriculture is a foundational industry for the local economy and the health of the sector is dependent on water security.
If there is no water, there is no crop and no income and that affects every business in the region.

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Media Release | Wednesday 15th April 2020

Wanton economic destruction not a real option

The wanton economic destruction of value that would flow from a failure to fully remediate the Paradise Dam is not an option.
Paradise Dam has a minimum economic asset life of 50 years and has only been in operation for just 15 years.

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Media Release | Thursday 9th April 2020

Embargoed 4pm Friday 10th April, 2020

Commission told: “No need for extreme measures to fix Paradise Dam”

Bundaberg irrigators are asking why the State Government and the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Dr Anthony Lynham, MP are determined to lower the Paradise Dam wall despite independent expert evidence which indicates safety issues have been overstated.

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Media Release | Monday 6th April 2020

Time for tough Questions about Paradise Dam

Second generation Childers farmer, John Dorrian, is calling on his fellow farmers to start asking more questions when it comes to the future of Paradise Dam.

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Media Release | Friday 3rd April 2020

BFVG Questions Government Priorities

The Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers Cooperative (BFVG) has slammed recent comments from Hon Dr Anthony Lynham, MP Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy about job creation from demolition works on Paradise Dam.
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Media Release | Saturday 28th March 2020

Growers urge open minds in Paradise Dam Debate

Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetables Growers (BFVG) have urged the community to keep an open mind about the future of Paradise Dam after the release of the Building Queensland report on the dam this week.

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Media Release | Wednesday 25th March 2020

By-election candidates called on to stand up and support Paradise Dam

Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers (BFVG) have written to all candidates in this weekend’s Currumbin and Bundamba by-elections calling on them to stand up for the region’s water security.

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Media Release | Friday 13th March 2020

Save Paradise Dam campaign launches highway billboards

Bundaberg Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ ‘Save Paradise Dam’ Campaign has launched three billboards on the Isis Highway, near the turnoff to Cordalba.

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Media Release | Tuesday 10th March 2020

World Experts tell Paradise Dam commission more testing is needed

Several of the world’s top experts in major water storage and dam projects today presented evidence to the Commission of Inquiry into Paradise Dam, sitting in Brisbane.

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Media Release | Tuesday 3 March 2020

Media background: Paradise Dam Demonstration, Bundaberg 3 March 2020

More than 100 farmers, irrigators, farm workers, business owners, families and local residents today gathered outside the hearing of the Paradise Dam Commission of Inquiry at Bundaberg courthouse, to stand up for the region’s water security.

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Media Release | Monday 24th February 2020

$2.4 billion cost to Bundaberg economy if Paradise Dam not fixed

Today a consortium of regional advocacy and industry groups released their joint economic report titled “The economic costs of inaction on Paradise Dam”.

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Media Release | Tuesday 4 February 2020

Paradise Dam powers only destroy trust

The irrigators of Bundaberg are rightfully angry today at the rushed introduction of legislation into Parliament giving the Minister for Water Resources unfettered powers to start demolishing Paradise Dam.

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