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SCHEME

Boyne River and Tarong

Scheme storages:

Boondooma Dam

Announced allocations

High priority


100%

Medium priority


0%

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About

The Boyne River and Tarong Scheme draws water from Boondooma Dam and supports Tarong Power Station and irrigators along the Boyne River.

How the scheme works

  • Boondooma Dam is fed by the Stuart and Boyne River
  • The scheme includes three pump stations and three balance storages across 95km of pipeline
  • Water from the dam is released to supplement natural flow in the lower Boyne River.

Water uses

  • Irrigation water from the Boondooma Dam is released to supplement natural flow in the lower Boyne River
  • Industrial water used for cooling at Tarong Power station.

Scheme history

  • Boondooma Dam was built in 1982
  • The Tarong Pipeline was completed in 1983, approximately two years before the opening of Tarong Power Station.

Major storage

Boondooma Dam

Boondooma Dam was built in 1982. The dam is fed by the Stuart and Boyne River.

Channel/pipeline system

The Tarong Pipeline was completed in 1983, approximately two years before the opening of Tarong Power Station. It incorporates three pumping stations – Boondooma, Melrose and Ellwoods Road – and three balancing storages – Melrose, Ellwoods Road and Goodger. The Tarong Pipeline draws its water from the Boondooma Dam. Water is pumped from Boondooma Dam via three pump stations along the 95 kilometre route.

Supply of water along the Boondooma-Tarong Pipeline is essential to maintain operation of the Tarong Power Station. Water is used by Tarong Power Station for cooling purposes.

Boyne River and Tarong Schematic Plan

Scheme management

Sunwater aims to achieve the efficient delivery of water to customers in the Boyne River and Tarong 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 Boyne River and Tarong’s Rules and Targets.

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 Boyne River and Tarong 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 131589 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Boyne River and Tarong’s Irrigator Advisory Committee

The Boyne River and Tarong 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
Boyne River and Tarong Committee Members
Name Position
Ken Darrow Chairperson
Andrew Vicary Committee Member
Troy Emmerton Committee Member
Tim Allen Committee Member
Ben Harzer Committee
Boyd Paton Committee Member
Stewart McKenzie Committee Member
Link Davies Committee Member

 

Stay up to date with the Boyne River and Tarong Irrigator Advisory Committee.

Announced allocations

Water Year: 2019/2020

High  priority: 100%
Medium priority: 0%

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

NOTE: The triggers for commencement of Stage 1 Critical Water Supply Arrangements were met on 26 March 2019, with the storage level in Boondooma Dam being less than EL 268.67m AHD. Medium priority water releases have ceased effective 26 March 2019.

The Burnett Basin Resource Operations Plan (ROP) defines the rules by which Sunwater is obligated to operate the Boyne River and Tarong Water Supply Scheme. The Water Sharing Rules detailed in the ROP, require that releases from Boondooma Dam to meet downstream demands are to cease when the storage level in Boondooma Dam is less than or equal to EL 268.67m AHD (approximately 70,000ML).

Details on the Critical Water Supply Arrangements can be found here.

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 Boyne River & Tarong 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 July 2019)

Operational Report (effective 26 October 2018)

Operational Report (effective 15 October 2018)

Operational Report (effective 1 July 2018)

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 Boyne River & Tarong 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 Boyne River and Tarong Scheme draws water from Boondooma Dam and supports Tarong Power Station and irrigators along the Boyne River.

How the scheme works

  • Boondooma Dam is fed by the Stuart and Boyne River
  • The scheme includes three pump stations and three balance storages across 95km of pipeline
  • Water from the dam is released to supplement natural flow in the lower Boyne River.

Water uses

  • Irrigation water from the Boondooma Dam is released to supplement natural flow in the lower Boyne River
  • Industrial water used for cooling at Tarong Power station.

Scheme history

  • Boondooma Dam was built in 1982
  • The Tarong Pipeline was completed in 1983, approximately two years before the opening of Tarong Power Station.

Major storage

Boondooma Dam

Boondooma Dam was built in 1982. The dam is fed by the Stuart and Boyne River.

Channel/pipeline system

The Tarong Pipeline was completed in 1983, approximately two years before the opening of Tarong Power Station. It incorporates three pumping stations – Boondooma, Melrose and Ellwoods Road – and three balancing storages – Melrose, Ellwoods Road and Goodger. The Tarong Pipeline draws its water from the Boondooma Dam. Water is pumped from Boondooma Dam via three pump stations along the 95 kilometre route.

Supply of water along the Boondooma-Tarong Pipeline is essential to maintain operation of the Tarong Power Station. Water is used by Tarong Power Station for cooling purposes.

Boyne River and Tarong Schematic Plan