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Bundaberg

Scheme storages:

Paradise Dam
Fred Haigh Dam

Bucca Weir
Ned Churchward Weir
Ben Anderson Barrage
Kolan Barrage

Announced allocations

Medium Priority (Burnett)


71%

Medium priority (Kolan)


100%

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About

The Bundaberg Scheme supplies water to farmlands and communities in Burnett, Kolan and Isis Shire as well as Bundaberg city. The scheme sources water from Fred Haigh and Paradise Dam.

How the scheme works

  • More than 600km of channel and pipeline distribute supplies to more than 1,000 properties
  • The scheme consists of seven distinct channel systems that supplement or replace demand for groundwater in the district.

Water uses

  • Irrigation water for crops including sugar cane, tomatoes, rockmelons, watermelons, capsicum, zucchini, beans, macadamia nuts and avocados
  • Urban water supply for Bundaberg and communities in the Burnett, Kolan and Isis Shires
  • Industrial water for various enterprise including sugar mills.

Scheme history

  • In 1970 the Queensland Government adopted a proposal for a two-phase water supply scheme for the Bundaberg district. Construction began that year, with the second phase completed in 1933
  • Ned Churchward Weir was added to the scheme in 1998
  • Bundaberg is one of the driest sugar-producing areas in Queensland and up until the early 1970s a small sub-artesian water resource was used to irrigate crops.

Bundaberg Schematic Plan

Scheme management

Sunwater aims to achieve the efficient delivery of water to customers in the Bundaberg 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 Bundaberg’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 wide spread general rain exceeds 40 mm in a day over the Bundaberg 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.

For more information contact

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.

Bundaberg’s Irrigator Advisory Committee

The Bundaberg 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
Mark Mammino Chairman Canegrowers Isis Ltd
Vacant Committee Member Kolan River
Peter McLennan Committee Member Burnett River
Tyler Bengston Committee Member Gin Gin
Peter Russo Committee Member Isis Channel System
Mark Pressler Committee Member Woongarra Channel System
Vacant Committee Member Gooburrum Channel System
Kelvin Griffin Committee Member Canegrowers Bundaberg
Bree Grima Committee Member Bundaberg Fruit & Vegetable Growers Cooperative (tree crops)
Jason Bartells Committee Member Bundaberg Regional Council
John Gorringe Committee Member Isis Central Sugar Mill
Angela Williams Observer Canegrowers Isis
Dale Hollis Observer Bundaberg Regional Irrigators Committee
Simon Doyle Committee Member Bundaberg Sugar

Stay up to date with the Bundaberg Irrigator Advisory Committee.

Announced allocations

Water Year: 2019/2020

Burnett Sub-scheme
High priority: 100%
Medium priority: 71%
Kolan Sub-scheme
High priority: 100%
Medium priority: 100%

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

Date Kolan Bulk Capacity Share (ML) Burnett Bulk Capacity Share (ML)
31.07.2018 463,274 81,948
31.08.2018 455,029 80,758
30.09.2018 445,432 79,621
31.10.2018 446,607 79,964
30.11.2018 435,305 78,110
31.12.2018 433,334 78,058
31.01.2019 412,571 75,704
28.02.2019 394,146 73,685
31.03.2019 387,585 73,184
30.04.2019 378,666 72,059
31.05.2019 373,107 71,257
30.06.2019 366,713 70,381

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 Bundaberg 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 15 October 2018)

Operational Report (effective 1 July 2018)

Operational Report (effective 1 November 2017)

Operational Report (effective 1 October 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.

Burnett Water

Burnett Water Pty Ltd (BWPL) became a subsidiary company of Sunwater on 16 December 2005 after Sunwater bought all the shares in the company from the Queensland State Government.

BWPL was set up by the State Government in 2001 to progress much needed water infrastructure in the Wide Bay-Burnett region. The water infrastructure construction projects developed by Burnett Water were Paradise Dam and Kirar Weir.

Paradise Dam is located 80kms from Bundaberg and makes available 124,000 megalitres of Medium Priority and 20,000 megalitres of High Priority Water Allocations. Kirar Weir is situated on the Burnett River, 5kms for Eidsvold, and makes available 20,000 megalitres of Medium Priority Water Allocations.

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 Bundaberg 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 Bundaberg Scheme supplies water to farmlands and communities in Burnett, Kolan and Isis Shire as well as Bundaberg city. The scheme sources water from Fred Haigh and Paradise Dam.

How the scheme works

  • More than 600km of channel and pipeline distribute supplies to more than 1,000 properties
  • The scheme consists of seven distinct channel systems that supplement or replace demand for groundwater in the district.

Water uses

  • Irrigation water for crops including sugar cane, tomatoes, rockmelons, watermelons, capsicum, zucchini, beans, macadamia nuts and avocados
  • Urban water supply for Bundaberg and communities in the Burnett, Kolan and Isis Shires
  • Industrial water for various enterprise including sugar mills.

Scheme history

  • In 1970 the Queensland Government adopted a proposal for a two-phase water supply scheme for the Bundaberg district. Construction began that year, with the second phase completed in 1933
  • Ned Churchward Weir was added to the scheme in 1998
  • Bundaberg is one of the driest sugar-producing areas in Queensland and up until the early 1970s a small sub-artesian water resource was used to irrigate crops.

Bundaberg Schematic Plan