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Fairbairn Dam, Emerald

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The Fairbairn Dam is an eathfill-filled embankment dam across the Nogoa River, located southwest of in Central Queensland, Australia. Constructed in 1972 for the primary purpose of irrigation, the impoundment created by the dam serves as one the major potable water supplies for the region and assists with some flood mitigation. Lake Maraboon with an active capacity of 1301000ML was formed by damming of the Nogoa River, and, in 2008, was Queensland's second largest dam. Maraboon is the Aboriginal for "where the black ducks fly".Location and featuresCommenced 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. The dam wall consists of a earthfill embankment in length and high. The reservoir has a catchment area of with an uncontrolled concrete spillway capable of discharging. The reservoir has an active capacity of 1301000ML of water; When the dam spills over it flows into the Nogoa River.About 300 irrigators are supplied with water for cotton, citrus and other horticulture operations. The dam is relatively shallow with large areas of standing timber. There are no boating restrictions and one concrete boat ramp.
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  • We came for Red Claw and she certainly delivered. Although the cyclone whipped up some waves for a day or two, she settled back down again. The sun came out and fishing continued. The dam offers plent...  more »
  • This dam is huge and I believe it was only half full. I'd love to see it full. There are plenty of shady trees and open grassy areas for kids to play. There's no shortage of picnic tables and the view...  more »
  • Well worth a look, if you are in the area! The road into the dam, off the main Hwy, is sealed, so it is easy to reach & NO Hire car issues.  more »