Friday, January 30, 2015

Fairbairn Dam in Australia

Fairbairn Dam
Emerald Central Queensland

Fairbairn Dam has a storage capacity of 1,170,000 acre feet, with a maximum reservoir area of 14,800 hectares.

Photography by Rod Murray

This is postmarked in 2009 with an Australia 1.40 Tasmania stamp.

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Fairbairn Dam is located 25 kilometres southwest of Emerald, in Central Queensland, almost on top of the Tropic of Capricorn line. Fairbairn Dam was constructed in 1972 across the Nogoa River "Gap" creating Lake Maraboon and is Queensland's second largest lake. Maraboon is the Aboriginal for "where the black ducks fly".

The primary purpose of Fairbairn Dam is for irrigation. About 300 irrigators are supplied with water for cotton, citrus and other horticulture operations.
Australia stamp 2008
Russell Falls, Tasmania $ 1.40

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