The upgrade to the Hinze Dam has delivered improved flood mitigation in the Lower Nerang River and increased water storage capacity. The dam wall has been doubled, providing increased flood protection for more than 3000 homes downstream from the dam.

After nearly four years under construction, Hinze Dam on the Gold Coast will be reopened to the public tomorrow (Monday).

Minister for Energy and Water Utilities Stephen Robertson will officially open the $395 million Hinze Dam upgrade on site along with Member for Burleigh Christine Smith, Gold Coast City Councillors, Seqwater and the Hinze Dam Alliance.

Mr Robertson said the Stage Three upgrade is a significant project for the Gold Coast and has delivered improved flood mitigation in the Lower Nerang River and increased water storage capacity.

?The dam wall has been doubled, providing increased flood protection for more than 3000 homes downstream from the dam,? he said.

?Despite the wettest spring and summer on record during 2010/11 and almost 200 days of lost productivity, the construction of the dam wall was completed on time and within budget.

?The only delays to the entire project were completing the recreational facilities due to wet weather.

?The recently completed recreational facilities include a visitors? centre comprising caf?, function room and interpretive centre with interactive displays, as well as increased BBQ areas, picnic spots, walking trails, roads, bikeways, public toilets and increased parking.

?Two new boat ramps with turn-around and toilet facilities have been constructed, based on input from fishing groups and the wider community.

?I understand the inconvenience the upgrade has caused the Gold Coast community throughout construction and I thank them for their patience and acknowledge many would be looking forward to being able to visit Hinze Dam again.

?The dam will be open to the public from midday tomorrow and I encourage the community to take the time to visit Hinze Dam again and explore the new facilities.

?I have asked Seqwater to undertake a review of the new facilities over the holiday period which will include a community survey on site to gauge feedback.

?Overall the Hinze Dam Stage Three upgrade has resulted in an economic benefit to Queensland of nearly $590 million, with around $340 million in direct economic impacts and $250 million in indirect impacts.?

Where: Hinze Dam, Advancetown Road, Advancetown

When: 11am, Monday, 19th December 2011