Burnett Water project

Burnett Water Pty Ltd became a subsidiary company of SunWater on 16 December 2005 and was established by the State Government to progress much needed water infrastructure in the Wide Bay-Burnett region. The water infrastructure construction projects managed by Burnett Water were Paradise Dam and Kirar Weir.

Asset

Paradise Dam and Kirar Weir

Project duration

Paradise Dam 2001 - November 2005
Kirar Weir April 2004 - July 2005

Client

SunWater

Location

Paradise Dam is situated approximately 20kms north-west of Biggenden and 80kms south-west of Bundaberg. Kirar Weir is situated on the Burnett River, 5km north-west of Eidsvold and approximately 80km southwest of Bundaberg.

Project Overview

Paradise Dam

The Paradise Dam was Burnett Water's major construction project and practical completion was achieved at the end of November 2005 by the Burnett Dam Alliance.

After driving the project through the approvals, planning, design and construction stages, Burnett Water stepped aside in December 2005 to allow SunWater to take over operations.

Construction of the 300,000 megalitre capacity Dam took four years to complete and now assists the social and economic growth of the region. The Dam is also significant in the wider context of leading the way in state-of-the-art dams due to many notable environmental features.

The Dam makes available 124,000 megalitres of medium priority water and 20,000 megalitres of high priority water.

Being the first and largest component of the Burnett Water Infrastructure Project, the Paradise Dam was the initial focus of a number of environmental monitoring programs. Development of the Paradise Dam is a controlled action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, and Environment Australia gave approval for the Dam to proceed.

Kirar Weir

Construction of the Kirar Weir (previously known as Eidsvold Weir) was completed in March 2005 and was officially opened in July 2005 by the then State Development and Innovation Minister, Hon Tony McGrady.

The Weir makes available 20,000 megalitres of Water Allocations and is situated on the Burnett River, 5km north-west of Eidsvold and approximately 80km southwest of Bundaberg.

Solution

Burnett Water formed the Burnett Dam Alliance in October 2003 to deliver the Paradise Dam Project. The consortium was made up of Walter Construction Group, McMahon Holdings, Hydro Tasmania, SMEC and Wagner Group.

The benefits of these projects have been very positive for the community at large. Over 500 people worked on the projects and hundreds of regional businesses were involved in the supply of goods and services. Looking into the future, the social and economic benefits are set to continue.

Burnett Water is committed to environmental management and has implemented several monitoring programs to minimise impact on the local environment.

Supported by considerable financial investment by Burnett Water the environmental programs include monitoring of lungfish, aquatic ecosystems, groundwater levels and quality and fishway effectiveness.

Features

  • Stream, Burnett River
  • Stream distance 131.4km
  • Roller dam with compacted concrete
  • Right Abutment Overflow level AHD: 78.0m
  • Storage level AHD: 67.6m
  • Storage capacity: 300,000 ML
  • Area covered at FSL: 2,995Ha
  • Catchment Area: 30,785km2