Leslie Harrison Dam

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Leslie Harrison Dam
Leslie Harrison Dam from Allambee Crescent.jpg
The Leslie Harrison Dam, in 2014
Leslie Harrison Dam is located in Queensland
Leslie Harrison Dam
Location of the Leslie Harrison Dam
in Queensland
Country Australia
Location South East Queensland
Coordinates 27°31′41″S 153°10′49″E / 27.52806°S 153.18028°E / -27.52806; 153.18028Coordinates: 27°31′41″S 153°10′49″E / 27.52806°S 153.18028°E / -27.52806; 153.18028
Purpose Potable water supply
Status Operational
Opening date
  • 1968 (1968)
  • 2004 (2004) (wall raised/gates installed)
Operator(s) SEQ Water
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Embankment dam
Impounds Tingalpa Creek
Height 25 m (82 ft)[1]
Length 525 m (1,722 ft)[1][2]
Dam volume 315×10^3 m3 (11.1×10^6 cu ft)[1]
Spillway type Vertical lift gates[3]
Spillway capacity 1,450 m3/s (51,000 cu ft/s)[1]
Creates Tingalpa Reservoir
Total capacity 24,868 ML (5.470×109 imp gal; 6.569×109 US gal)[2][4]
Catchment area 87.5 km2 (33.8 sq mi)[1][2]
Surface area 470 ha (1,200 acres)[2][4]

The Leslie Harrison Dam is an earth-fill embankment dam across the Tingalpa Creek that is located in the South East region of Queensland, Australia.The main purpose of the dam is for potable water supply of the Redland City in Brisbane.[1][4] The impounded reservoir is called Tingalpa Reservoir. The dam was named after Robert Leslie Harrison, a Queensland parliamentarian who died in April 1966.[citation needed]

Location and features[edit]

Trees bordering the dam in 2011.

The dam is located between the suburbs of Capalaba, Chandler and Burbank, approximately 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) southeast of Brisbane. The primary inflow of the reservoir is the Tingalpa Creek, not far above its confluence with the Brisbane River.[4] The dam is one of a number of dams connected to the South East Queensland Water Grid, and the dam provides approximately 20% of the water supply for Redland City.

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Spillway gates removed, 2015

Completed in 1968, the earthfill dam structure is 25 metres (82 ft) high and 535 metres (1,755 ft) long. The 315-thousand-cubic-metre (11.1×10^6 cu ft) dam wall holds back the 24,868-megalitre (5.470×109 imp gal; 6.569×109 US gal) reservoir when at full capacity. From a catchment area of 87.5 square kilometres (33.8 sq mi) that includes much of the northern slopes of the Venman Bushland National Park, the dam creates Tingalpa Reservoir, with a surface area of 470 hectares (1,200 acres). Controlled gates were added to the spillway in 1984 to increase water supply to the region, and removed in 2014 to improve dam safety. [5]The spillway has a discharge capacity of 1,450 cubic metres per second (51,000 cu ft/s).[1] Initially managed by the Redland City Council, management of the dam was transferred to Seqwater in July 2008 as part of a water security project in the South East Queensland region, known as the South East Queensland Water Grid.[6] In 1984, the dam wall was raised and gates were installed,[3] and in 2014, work began on improving the safety of the dam after Seqwater completed a major investigation of its operating dams,[7] which includes draining the dam to approximately 50% capacity.[8]

Dam improvement program[edit]

In 2012-13, an independent review of Seqwater's 26 referable dams found improvements were needed at a number of dams, including Leslie Harrison, to meet the revised Queensland Dam Safety Guidelines.

The detailed design for the upgrade of Leslie Harrison Dam has been completed. Construction is expected to begin in mid-2018 and will take around 12 months to complete, subject to weather. Features of the upgrade design include:

  • widening and strengthening of the dam wall
  • anchoring the spillway
  • improving resilience to extreme weather events and earthquakes
  • the gates will not be returned to the spillway.[5]


There are no plans to introduce recreation at Leslie Harrison Dam. In 2014, Seqwater engaged experts to conduct a water quality study and develop a screening tool to improve understanding of the impact recreation has on water quality in drinking water lakes. The landmark study was one of the most complex and comprehensive of its kind ever undertaken in Australia. In 2016, a water quality assessment was conducted at Leslie Harrison Dam using this screening tool. The assessment found, given the dam’s role as a drinking water source for the Redlands, recreation cannot be considered because of unacceptable risks to water quality.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Register of Large Dams in Australia" (Excel (requires download)). Dams information. Australian National Committee on Large Dams. 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Leslie Harrison Dam". Water supply: Dams and weirs. Seqwater. 2014. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Flashback: Leslie Harrison Dam". Redland City Bulletin. 2 April 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d Harrison, Rod; James, Ernie; Sully, Chris; Classon, Bill; Eckermann, Joy (2008). Queensland Dams. Bayswater, Victoria: Australian Fishing Network. ISBN 978-1-86513-134-4. 
  5. ^ a b #. "Leslie Harrison Dam | Seqwater". www.seqwater.com.au. Retrieved 2018-02-03. 
  6. ^ Hurst, Daniel (7 July 2009). "Water funds slash debt". The Bayside Bulletin. Retrieved 21 April 2008. 
  7. ^ Moore, Tony (10 April 2014). "Six dams need safety upgrades: Seqwater". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Kerr, Judith (28 July 2014). "Leslie Harrison Dam drains: Spot the difference". Redland City Bulletin. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Seqwater recreation guides". 

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