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SCHEME

Barker Barambah

Scheme storages:

Bjelke-Petersen Dam

Joe Sippel Weir

Silverleaf Weir

Announced allocations

High priority


100%

Medium priority


34%

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About

The Barker Barambah Scheme sources its water from the Bjelke-Petersen Dam, owned and operated by Sunwater. The dam provides regulated storage for downstream irrigation.

How the scheme works

  • The Bjelke-Petersen Dam regulates the release of water by the outlet works to Joe Sippel Weir and Barker Creek
  • Two weirs operate in the scheme downstream of the dam — Joe Sipple Weir and Silverleaf Weir
  • A 6.2km gravity pipeline diverts water from the dam Joe Sipple Weir on Barambah Creek to meet the needs of farmers in the Redgate area.

Water uses

  • Irrigation for farming in Redgate, Murgon and Mondure
  • Urban water supplies to supplement the town water supply for Murgon, Wondai, Byee and Cherbourg
  • Industrial.

Scheme history

  • The Bjelke-Petersen Dam was completed in November 1988 and opened officially in March 1989. Its main embankment contains 700,000m3 of earth and rock fill, and is 540m long and 135m wide at the base
  • Joe Sipple Weir was completed in 1983.

Barker Barambah Schematic Plan

Scheme management

Sunwater aims to achieve the efficient delivery of water to customers in the Barker Barambah scheme that best meets their needs.  To manage this water delivery, arrangements for taking of water within the Scheme have been developed in consultation with its Irrigator Advisory Committee.

Taking water from the scheme

The water ordering system assists Sunwater in delivering water to its customers in an efficient and timely way, enabling them to plan and manage their water use.

Before taking any water, customers should place a water order so that Sunwater can release sufficient water and minimise losses.

Customers who take water without ordering may reduce Sunwater’s ability to supply customers who have ordered according to the above requirements.

To place an order

Customers can place their orders via:

Further information about ordering water is detailed in Barker Barambah’s Rules and Targets.

View the Operating and Water Sharing Rules fact sheet for quick reference and general tips.

Delivery timing

Orders are processed on a daily basis at 6:30am. Orders received after this time cannot be processed until the following day. Please make allowance for these times when placing your order.

The travel time, the number of hours/days it takes from the morning after the order is placed to get water from the dam or weirs to your pump, is:

Barker Barambah Scheme Area
Travel time after order is placed
Joe Sippel ponded area 12 hrs
Upper Redgate 12 hrs
Joe Sippel Weir to Barker/Barambah Ck Junct 1 Day
Bjelke-Petersen Dam to Byee Bridge 1 Day
Byee Bridge to Silverleaf Weir 2 Days
Silverleaf Weir to Marshlands Bridge 1 Day
Marshlands Bridge to Webbers Bridge 2 Days
Webbers Bridge to Stonelands GS 3 Days

 

Stopping or restricting supply

Sunwater may suspend or restrict supply in a number of circumstances, including:

  • during maintenance of Sunwater’s assets
  • during a peak demand period, when rosters or rations may apply
  • when the demand for water is so small it is impractical to supply it
  • when there is a need to make special releases to maximise efficiency at times of limited supply
  • during rain shutdown
  • infrastructure limitations which make delivery impractical
  • if supply could cause Sunwater to break the law
  • when operating under special notices or regulations issued by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines {e.g. Water Amendment Regulation (No.3) 2006}.

Weather events and emergency shutdowns

Sunwater asks that customers notify their duty Water Officer, as soon as possible, of any rain event or other circumstances that substantially lessens their water requirements. When widespread general rain exceeds 40 mm in a day over the Barker Barambah Water Supply Scheme, the duty Water Officer may shut the system down.

Customers are also asked to cancel orders if they no longer require ordered water.

If you experience an equipment or power failure emergency, please give immediate notice to Sunwater by calling Sunwater Customer Support on 13 15 89 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Barker Barambah Irrigator Advisory Committee

The Barker Barambah Irrigator Advisory Committee is a group of irrigators within the scheme that have been elected by irrigation customers to represent their interests in relation to scheme operations and water supply issues and improvements with Sunwater.

The committee:

  • provides advice and recommendations to Sunwater regarding scheme operational issues
  • represents the interests of the broader irrigator base in respect of Sunwater’s ongoing operation of the water supply scheme
  • provides a mechanism for Sunwater and its customers to raise and discuss matters of mutual interest in relation to the management of the physical aspects of the scheme and customer relationship issues
  • work collaboratively with Sunwater to identify and introduce new approaches and improvements to water management.
Committee Members
Name Position Representative Area/Section
Stuart Nicholson Chairperson Redgate/Moffatdale to Krebs Bridge
Kev Armstrong Vice Chairperson and Secretary Redgate/Moffatdale to Krebs Bridge
Andrew Mayne Committee Member Krebs Bridge to Silverleaf Weir (incl. pond area)
Peter Enkelmann Committee Member Krebs Bridge to Silverleaf Weir (incl. pond area)
Damien Sippel Committee Member
Jason Godden Committee Member
Clare Kapernick Committee Member

 

Stay up to date with the Barker Barambah Irrigator Advisory Committee.

Announced allocations

Water Year: 2018/2019

High priority: 100%
Medium priority: 34% (previously 23%)

Announced Allocations effective 1 February 2019, and will be applicable until revised and communicated by Sunwater.

Customers are advised to obtain information about their remaining water allocation balance by accessing SunwaterOnline.

For more information or enquiries, phone 13 15 89 or email customersupport@sunwater.com.au.

The history of Announced Allocations for Barker Barambah can be found here.

Operational reports

Sunwater releases periodic operational reports detailing Announced Allocation levels and individual storages’ breakdowns within each scheme, the latest of which can be found below.

Operational Report (effective 1 February 2019)

Operational Report (effective 19 December 2018)

Operational Report (effective 15 October 2018)

Operational Report (effective 1 July 2018)

Operational Report (effective 1 April 2018)

Operational Report (effective 21 March 2018)

Operational Report (effective 1 January 2018)

Operational Report (effective 1 November 2017)

Operational Report (effective 1 July 2017)

Water pricing

Sunwater reviews bulk water pricing for each supply scheme every three years.

The Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) is responsible for recommending rural irrigation prices charged by Sunwater. QCA recommendations are considered by Sunwater’s shareholding Ministers, who together make the final decision and set Sunwater’s rural irrigation prices.

Fees and charges

Each year Sunwater releases an updated fees and charges schedule for water supply schemes, detailing the charges set by Sunwater and those subject to the Rural Irrigation Water Pricing Direction. For information on the most recent fees and charges for the Barker Barambah scheme, please refer to the documents below.

Latest news

For the latest news on your water supply scheme, check out our End of Year Newsletter, information bulletins and additional notices to customers below.

About

The Barker Barambah Scheme sources its water from the Bjelke-Petersen Dam, owned and operated by Sunwater. The dam provides regulated storage for downstream irrigation.

How the scheme works

  • The Bjelke-Petersen Dam regulates the release of water by the outlet works to Joe Sippel Weir and Barker Creek
  • Two weirs operate in the scheme downstream of the dam — Joe Sipple Weir and Silverleaf Weir
  • A 6.2km gravity pipeline diverts water from the dam Joe Sipple Weir on Barambah Creek to meet the needs of farmers in the Redgate area.

Water uses

  • Irrigation for farming in Redgate, Murgon and Mondure
  • Urban water supplies to supplement the town water supply for Murgon, Wondai, Byee and Cherbourg
  • Industrial.

Scheme history

  • The Bjelke-Petersen Dam was completed in November 1988 and opened officially in March 1989. Its main embankment contains 700,000m3 of earth and rock fill, and is 540m long and 135m wide at the base
  • Joe Sipple Weir was completed in 1983.

Barker Barambah Schematic Plan