Poona Dam

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Poona Dam
Poona Dam is located in Queensland
Poona Dam
Location of the Poona Dam
in Queensland
Country Australia
Location South East Queensland
Coordinates 26°35′46″S 152°54′36″E / 26.59611°S 152.91000°E / -26.59611; 152.91000Coordinates: 26°35′46″S 152°54′36″E / 26.59611°S 152.91000°E / -26.59611; 152.91000
Purpose Potable water storage[1]
Status Operational
Opening date
  • 1959 (1959)
  • 1998 (1998) (spillway upgraded)
Operator(s) SEQ Water
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Embankment dam
Impounds Tributary of South Maroochy River
Length 650 m (2,130 ft)[1]
Spillway type Uncontrolled
Total capacity 655 ML (144×10^6 imp gal; 173×10^6 US gal)[1]
Catchment area 0.8 km2 (0.31 sq mi)[1]
Surface area 17 ha (42 acres)
Max. width 410 m (1,350 ft)

The Poona Dam is an earth-fill embankment dam with a toe drain with an un-gated spillway across a tributary of the South Maroochy River that is located in the South East region of Queensland, Australia. The main purpose of the dam is for storage of potable water for the Sunshine Coast region.[1] The impounded reservoir is also called Poona Dam.

Location and features[edit]

The dam is located 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) north-west of Nambour.

The earthen dam structure is 650 metres (2,130 ft) long and holds back the 655-megalitre (144×10^6 imp gal; 173×10^6 US gal) reservoir when at full capacity. From a catchment area of 0.8 square kilometres (0.31 sq mi), the reservoir has a surface area of 17 hectares (42 acres) and a maximum width of 410 m (1,350 ft). Initially managed by the Maroochy Shire Council, management of the dam was transferred to SEQ Water in July 2008 as part of a water security project in the South East Queensland region, known as the South East Queensland Water Grid.[2]


Recreation is not permitted on the dam and in its surrounds.[1]

In 2008, the body of a deceased man was found on the eastern spillway of the dam wall.[3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Poona Dam". Water supply: Dams and weirs. Seqwater. 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Hurst, Daniel (7 July 2009). "Water funds slash debt". The Bayside Bulletin. Retrieved 21 April 2008. 
  3. ^ "Poona Dam mystery man". Sunshine Coast Daily. 16 June 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Dead man leaves smiley face as only clue to identity". The Courier-Mail. Queensland. 14 September 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 

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