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Dawson Valley

Scheme storages:

Glebe Weir
Gyranda Weir
Gyranda Weir Anabranch
Moura Weir
Neville Hewitt Weir
Neville Hewitt Weir Anabranch
Orange Creek Weir
Orange Creek Weir Anabranch
Theodore Weir
Theodore Weir Anabranch

Announced allocations

Medium A priority (Upper Dawson)


100%

Medium priority (Upper Dawson)


97%

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About

The Dawson Valley Scheme consists of a network of channels and weirs that extend along the Dawson River from upstream Theodore to downstream Boolburra. It supports irrigation customers as well as urban and industrial users.

From 1 October 2018 Theodore Water took over ownership and management of the scheme. Sunwater continues to manage the bulk assets, including the Dawson River Weirs. Please refer to the Theodore Water website for further information.

How the scheme works

  • The scheme relies on six weirs – Theodore, Orange Creek, Moura, Glebe, Neville Hewitt and Gyranda Weirs – and contains the Theodore and Gibber Gunyah channel systems
  • The channel supply network is 56km in length with a 54km open earth drainage system also in place
  • Theodore Pumping Station supplies water to the Theodore channel system, while a separate pumping station supplies water to the Gibber Gunyah channel system.

Glebe Beneficial Use Scheme (GBUS)

  • The GBUS utilses coal seam gas water treated at the Northern Water Treatment Plant
  • Treated water into the Glebe Weir is mainly for use by irrigators
  • The release of treated water is regulated under the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection’s Beneficial Use Approval ENBU04254412
  • Sunwater conducts water quality monitoring and publishes data reports for each scheme.

Water uses

  • Irrigation water for agriculture including cotton, fodder, cereal and horticultural crops
  • Urban water supply for Theodore, Moura, Baralaba and Duaringa
  • Industrial water supply primarily for mining.

Scheme history

  • The scheme was Queensland’s first major irrigation undertaking and was established by State Parliament in 1923. Construction commenced in 1924
  • The first farms were established in 1926 along the right bank of the Dawson River in the Theodore Channel and were occupied from early 1927
  • Additional farms were established on the left bank of the river in the Gibber Gunyah Channel in 1957
  • Scheme ownership transferred to Theodore Water on 1 October 2018.

Dawson Valley Schematic Plan

Scheme management

Sunwater aims to achieve the efficient delivery of water to customers in the Dawson Valley 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 Dawson Valley’s Rules and Targets.

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:

Dawson Valley Scheme Area Travel time after order is placed
Above Theodore Weir 4 Days
Moura Weir to Atkinson 4 Days
Theodore Weir to Paranui Crossing 6 Days
Neville Hewitt Weir to Duaringa 15 days
Cancellation of original River order 1 Day

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 Dawson Valley 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 13 15 89 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).

Dawson Valley’s Irrigator Advisory Committee

The Dawson Valley 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
Peter French Chairperson Section 2 – Theodore Irrigation Area
Peter Mahoney Committee Member Section 1 – Glebe Weir to Theodore Weir Wall
Harrod Anderson Committee Member Section 2 – Theodore Irrigation Area
Greg Hutchinson Committee Member Section 4 – Theodore to Howard’s Hole
Trevor Brownlie Committee Member Section 3 – Gibber Gunyagh Irrigation Area
Robert Hoadley Committee Member Section 5 – Neville Hewitt Weir to Mackenzie River

 

Stay up to date with the Dawson Valley Irrigator Advisory Committee.

Announced allocations

Water Year: 2018/2019

Upper Dawson Subscheme
High priority: 100%
Medium priority: 97% (previously 72%)
Medium A priority: 100% (previously 92%)

Announced Allocations effective 08 May 2019 and will be applicable until revised and communicated by Sunwater.

Lower Dawson Subscheme
High priority: 100%
Medium priority: 100% (previously 89%)

Announced Allocations effective 1 January 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 Dawson Valley 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.

Upper Dawson

Upper Dawson Operational Report (effective 08 May 2019)

Upper Dawson Operational Report (effective 01 April 2019)

Upper Dawson Operational Report (effective 15 January 2019)

Upper Dawson Operational Report (effective 1 December 2018)

Upper Dawson Operational Report (effective 1 November 2018)

Upper Dawson Operational Report (effective 15 October 2018)

Upper Dawson Operational Report (effective 1 October 2018)

Upper Dawson Operational Report (effective 1 August 2018)

Upper Dawson Operational Report (effective 1 July 2018)

Upper Dawson Operational Report (effective 1 April 2018)

Upper Dawson Operational Report (effective 1 March 2018)

Upper Dawson Operational Report (effective 31 January 2018)

Upper Dawson Operational Report (effective 11 January 2018)

Upper Dawson Operational Report (effective 14 December 2017)

Upper Dawson Operational Report (effective 1 December 2017)

Upper Dawson Operational Report (effective 1 November 2017)

Upper Dawson Operational Report (effective 1 October 2017)

Lower Dawson

Lower Dawson Operational Report (effective 1 January 2019)

Lower Dawson Operational Report (effective 1 December 2018)

Lower Dawson Operational Report (effective 16 October 2018)

Lower Dawson Operational Report (effective 15 October 2018)

Lower Dawson Operational Report (effective 1 October 2018)

Lower Dawson Operational Report (effective 1 May 2018)

Lower Dawson Operational Report (effective 31 January 2018)

Lower Dawson Operational Report (effective 1 January 2018)

Lower Dawson Operational Report (effective 1 November 2017)

Lower Dawson Operational Report (effective 1 October 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 Dawson Valley 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 Dawson Valley Scheme consists of a network of channels and weirs that extend along the Dawson River from upstream Theodore to downstream Boolburra. It supports irrigation customers as well as urban and industrial users.

From 1 October 2018 Theodore Water took over ownership and management of the scheme. Sunwater continues to manage the bulk assets, including the Dawson River Weirs. Please refer to the Theodore Water website for further information.

How the scheme works

  • The scheme relies on six weirs – Theodore, Orange Creek, Moura, Glebe, Neville Hewitt and Gyranda Weirs – and contains the Theodore and Gibber Gunyah channel systems
  • The channel supply network is 56km in length with a 54km open earth drainage system also in place
  • Theodore Pumping Station supplies water to the Theodore channel system, while a separate pumping station supplies water to the Gibber Gunyah channel system.

Glebe Beneficial Use Scheme (GBUS)

  • The GBUS utilses coal seam gas water treated at the Northern Water Treatment Plant
  • Treated water into the Glebe Weir is mainly for use by irrigators
  • The release of treated water is regulated under the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection’s Beneficial Use Approval ENBU04254412
  • Sunwater conducts water quality monitoring and publishes data reports for each scheme.

Water uses

  • Irrigation water for agriculture including cotton, fodder, cereal and horticultural crops
  • Urban water supply for Theodore, Moura, Baralaba and Duaringa
  • Industrial water supply primarily for mining.

Scheme history

  • The scheme was Queensland’s first major irrigation undertaking and was established by State Parliament in 1923. Construction commenced in 1924
  • The first farms were established in 1926 along the right bank of the Dawson River in the Theodore Channel and were occupied from early 1927
  • Additional farms were established on the left bank of the river in the Gibber Gunyah Channel in 1957
  • Scheme ownership transferred to Theodore Water on 1 October 2018.

Dawson Valley Schematic Plan