Dr Paul Rizzo, Chief Technical Officer from specialist engineering firm, RIZZO International, is currently in Bundaberg on a fact finding mission with growers and key stakeholders as part of a study commissioned by Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers (BFVG) into the future options for Paradise Dam.
US-based Dr Rizzo has more than 50 years’ experience in geotechnical and civil engineering, specifically dams, water resources and infrastructure projects. He is an international expert in the field of safety evaluations and rehabilitation of dams.
RIZZO International’s engineering report will assess all possible remediation options for the future of Paradise Dam. The study will also include an independent review of Sunwater’s technical reports on Paradise Dam by GHD and Tatro Hinds.
BFVG will provide the final report to its members, as well as Sunwater, the State Government, Building Queensland and industry bodies.
BFVG Managing Director Bree Grima said “The report by RIZZO International will provide a truly independent expert view about the options for Paradise Dam including some which have not been considered by Sunwater and the State Government.
“Water security gives the Wide Bay region a critical competitive advantage for agricultural production, and whatever decision is made about the future of Paradise Dam needs to protect that position and support community safety as well as our economic prosperity.”