Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Emerald, Queensland.

Emerald is a town in the Central Highlands of Queensland with a population of about 13,500 people.
The British Colony of Queensland was established in 1859.
There is the Fairbairn Dam near Emerald which overflowed in January 2008 with major flood of 1,000 houses being affected and more than 2,500 people being evacuated.

Emerald is a service town for a large number of industries in the area.  Extensive coal mining operations are carried out in the district.  Cotton is grown in the area, and is processed at the Yamala Cotton Gin, while other agricultural activities include grapes, citrus and grain growing.
Wikipedia.

We were pleased to stay in Emerald for a few nights before heading to the coast as we thought it about time we did.

A lot of signs are made like the one below in the area and surrounding areas.


View of the Dam plus surrounding area.










33 comments:

  1. Hello Margaret,
    A wonderful location. Nice to see that long road along the coast.
    Wonderful.

    Best regards,
    Marco

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    1. Marco, it's the road that goes beside part of the dam. You do very well in written English :)

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  2. Great name for the town & the sign is lovely! That's a huge dam!

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  3. Love that sign. The road looks in incredible condition too.

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    1. Roads into dams are usually very good throughout Australia, and Hydro ones too.

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  4. That's certainly a large reservoir! As always, nice shots.

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  5. Me gusta el nombre de la ciudad y las buenas tomas que has conseguido.

    Besos

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    1. I too love the name of the town and before we ever visited Emerald some years ago I wondered did they have emeralds there (stones).

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  6. I like the sign. The industries are impressive.

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  7. Plenty of water in Fairbairn Dam. I believe the dam was named after a former
    Liberal Federal Minister..........Douglas Fairbairn???
    He was at one time Minister for National Development and his electorate was country based so naming the dam, FAIRBAIRN makes some sense of his recognition
    to rural development. He was in parliament from 1949 - 1975.

    Cotton needs plenty of water for irrigation and no doubt up in that area which can be very dry in the dry season and longer, water is life.

    Good report Margaret..........not long till the coast now, eh?
    Colin

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    1. I in particular was looking forward to the coast, but road there the way we wanted to go was closed! had to go another way, thank goodness we had enough diesel :)
      Fairbairn Dam is named after Sir David Eric Fairbairn KBE DFC, who was the Federal Minister for National Development from 1964 to 1969. The Fairbairn Dam lake is named Lake Maraboon.
      I did read that somewhere when researching the dam.

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    2. Yep. soon as I got home, I realised that I had rechristened Fairbairn.
      I don't think his family will crucify me for my lapse - ha ha!
      Colin

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  8. The Emerald sign is very well done, and probably maintainance free.

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    1. I presume it's maintenance free, many signs like that and they do look good.

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  9. I don't know exactly where Emerald is, but I'll find it on my maps. I used to want to retire in Queensland, but not anymore, with my whole family in SA.

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    1. There is a map on previous post where Emerald is R.
      Always good to be near family if one can :)

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  10. Quite a number of people who were affected by flood Margaret ,here too sometimes in some parts of our country flood causes huge destruction.

    beautiful photos ,specially loved the bridge and road beside the water

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    1. Have heard and seen photos of flood in your country, floods are not good at all in any country.

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  11. What a lovely cutout road sign - it must change each day with the different sky colours behind it.

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    1. It would change as the colour of the sky changes - didn't notice where sunset or sunrise would have been but can imagine how pretty that sign would look.

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  12. It looks like a lovely place to visit. Thanks for sharing, greetings.

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  13. Wonderful photos and info you have shared.

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