Burdekin Falls Dam Raising

Burdekin Falls Dam Raising

Burdekin Falls Dam, North Queensland

The Burdekin Falls Dam Raising Project is a proposal to raise the existing dam as a potential means to augment and increase water supply in the Burdekin and surrounding regions.

Photo of Burdekin Falls Dam spillway

The Project

The Burdekin Falls Dam Raising Project is a proposal to raise the existing dam as a potential means to increase water supply and security in the Burdekin region.

Sunwater is preparing a detailed business case (DBC) to further investigate raising the dam. The DBC is also assessing the Burdekin Falls Dam Improvement Project. The Queensland Government approved the development of a DBC in September 2019.

What’s involved?

Proposed works include raising the main spillway using concrete buttressing, adding height to the abutments also using concrete buttressing, and adding height and width to the saddle dams surrounding Lake Dalrymple. A new saddle dam would also be constructed on the right bank.

Preliminary design – spillway and abutment raising for illustrative purposes only.
Preliminary design – saddle dam raising – for illustrative purposes only.