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Lower Mary River

Scheme storages:

Mary River Barrage
Tinana Barrage

Announced allocations

High priority


100%

Medium priority


100%

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About

The Lower Mary River Scheme is located downstream of Tiaro along the Mary River, and downstream of Teddington Weir on Tinana Creek. The Scheme supports irrigation and industrial users.

How the scheme works

  • More than 50km of channel and pipeline distribute supplies to around 192 customer offtakes
  • The scheme consists of 4 pump stations which divert water from the Mary River Barrage, Owanyilla Main Channel and Tinana Barrage to the channel and pipeline network.

Water uses

  • Irrigation water mainly for farming, and horticultural and agricultural production
  • Industrial.

Scheme history

  • The scheme was initially developed to stabilise rural production through a reliable water supply
  • The project was approved in 1978 and construction commenced in 1980, finishing in late 1988.

Scheme management

Sunwater aims to achieve the efficient delivery of water to customers in the Lower Mary River 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 Lower Mary River’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 [Link to contacts page], 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 Lower Mary River 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).

Lower Mary River’s Irrigator Advisory Committee

The Lower Mary River 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.

Lower Mary River Committee Members

Name
Position
Representative Area/Section
Allen Birt Chairperson Section 4 – Tinana Barrage/Teddington Weir Storage
Vacant Committee Member Section 1 – Main Roads Pipeline System
Des Morris Committee Member Section 2 – Walker Point System
Norm Muller Committee Member Section 2 – Walker Point System
Chris Nitshinsk Committee Member Section 3 – Copenhagen Bend Pipeline System
Vacant Committee Member Section 5 – Mary River Barrage Storage
Trevor Crook Committee Member Maryborough Sugar Factory
Trevor Turner Secretary Maryborough Canegrower’s Association

 

Stay up to date with the Lower Mary River Irrigator Advisory Committee.

Announced allocations

Water Year: 2018/2019

High priority: 100%
Medium priority: 100%

Announced Allocations effective 1 July 2018 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 Lower Mary River 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 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 Lower Mary River 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 Lower Mary River Scheme is located downstream of Tiaro along the Mary River, and downstream of Teddington Weir on Tinana Creek. The Scheme supports irrigation and industrial users.

How the scheme works

  • More than 50km of channel and pipeline distribute supplies to around 192 customer offtakes
  • The scheme consists of 4 pump stations which divert water from the Mary River Barrage, Owanyilla Main Channel and Tinana Barrage to the channel and pipeline network.

Water uses

  • Irrigation water mainly for farming, and horticultural and agricultural production
  • Industrial.

Scheme history

  • The scheme was initially developed to stabilise rural production through a reliable water supply
  • The project was approved in 1978 and construction commenced in 1980, finishing in late 1988.