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The plaque commemorates the initial storage and release of water from Fairbairn Dam in May 1972.

Commenced in 1968, the dam was engineered by Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Authority and completed in December 1972 for the purposes of irrigation and water storage. Storage of water commenced in January 1972 and the dam filled and overflowed for the first time two years later.


Address:Selma Road, Fairbairn Dam, Emerald, 4720
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -23.652048
Long: 148.074991
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Government
Actual Event Start Date:22-May-1972
Actual Event End Date:22-May-1972


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 22nd May, 1972
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Queensland Irrigation and Water Supply Commission

To commemorate initial storage in and release of water from Fairbairn Dam

A joint Commonwealth - State Project

Hon. J. Bjelke-Petersen M.L.A. Premier and Minister for State Development
Hon. R. W. C. Swartz M.B.E., E.D., M.P. Minister for National Development
Hon. N. T. E. Hewitt M.M., A.F.M., M.L.A. Minister for Conservation, Marine and Aboriginal Affairs

22nd May 1972

Source: MA
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