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SCHEME

Macintyre Brook

Scheme storages:

Coolmunda Dam

Ben Dor Weir
Greenup Weir
Whetstone Weir

Announced allocations

High priority


100%

Medium priority


0%

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About

Coolmunda Dam is the major storage for the Macintyre Brook Scheme, serving water users along the Macintyre Brook and beyond Goondiwindi.

How the scheme works

  • Coolmunda Dam is a zoned earth and rockfill wall structure with a concrete spillway, seven automatic counter balanced radial gates and an outlet works consisting of a 915mm diameter steel pipe.

Water uses

  • Irrigation water for lucerne, citrus, stone fruit, vines, olives and cereal
  • Urban water supply for Inglewood
  • Industrial water supply primarily for stock intensive industries.

Scheme history

  • The Coolmunda Dam was built in 1968.

Macintyre Brook Schematic Plan

Scheme management

Sunwater aims to achieve the efficient delivery of water to customers in the Macintyre Brook 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.

Scheme Operating Rules

Supply of water allocations for essential water supply needs (Critical Water Supply Arrangements)

The supply of water allocations for essential water supply needs commences when the storage level in Coolmunda Dam is below EL 304.53m AHD (approximately 1,380ML). The arrangements triggered when the storage level of Coolmunda Dam is below this level are:

(a) Supply of medium priority water allocations MUST cease;
(b) High priority water allocations will be supplied; and
(c) May supply High priority water allocations where the water level is below the minimum operating level of 301.19m. (approximately 210ML)
(d) Within one business day of the water level in Coolmunda Dam falling below 304.53 m AHD, notify the water allocation holders that only high priority water allocations will be supplied.

These arrangements will be in place until such time as the water level in Coolmunda Dam increases to a level equal to or above EL304.66m AHD (approximately 1,530ML) after which Sunwater must:

(a) Supply medium priority water allocations;
(b) Within one business day of the water level in Coolmunda Dam falling reaching 304.66 m AHD, notify water allocation holders that water allocations will be supplied for both Medium and Priority water allocations.

These rules are defined in the Macintyre Brook Water Supply Scheme (WSS) Operations Manual (formerly known as the Border Rivers Resource Operations Plan (ROP)).
The Macintyre Brook WSS Operations Manual can be found here.

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 Macintyre Brook’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:

Macintyre Brook Scheme Area Travel time after order is placed
Coolmunda Dam Storage 1 Day (24 hrs)
Coolmunda Dam to Greenup Weir 2 Days (48 hrs)
Greenup Weir to Inglewood Weir 2 Days (48 hrs)
Inglewood Weir to Whetstone Weir 2 Days (48 hrs)
Whetstone Weir to Ben Dor Weir 3 Days (72 hrs)
Ben Dor Weir to junction with Macintyre River 4 Days (96 hrs)
Dumaresq River 4 Days (96 hrs)

 

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 Macintyre Brook 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).

Macintyre Brook’s Irrigator Advisory Committee

The Macintyre Brook 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
Anthony Doljanin Committee Member
Graham Bond Committee Member
Matthew Oxenford Committee Member
Rick McDougall Committee Member
Peter Valente Committee Member

 

Stay up to date with the Macintyre Brook Irrigator Advisory Committee.

Announced allocations

Water Year: 2019/2020

High priority: 100% (bulk share)
Medium priority: 0% (bulk share)

Announced Allocations effective 1 July 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 Macintrye Brook 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 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 Macintyre Brook 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

Coolmunda Dam is the major storage for the Macintyre Brook Scheme, serving water users along the Macintyre Brook and beyond Goondiwindi.

How the scheme works

  • Coolmunda Dam is a zoned earth and rockfill wall structure with a concrete spillway, seven automatic counter balanced radial gates and an outlet works consisting of a 915mm diameter steel pipe.

Water uses

  • Irrigation water for lucerne, citrus, stone fruit, vines, olives and cereal
  • Urban water supply for Inglewood
  • Industrial water supply primarily for stock intensive industries.

Scheme history

  • The Coolmunda Dam was built in 1968.

Macintyre Brook Schematic Plan