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Maranoa River

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Neil Turner Weir

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About

The Maranoa River Scheme is centred in the town of Mitchell, with Neil Turner Weir its major supply infrastructure.

How the scheme works

  • The scheme supplements surface water along the Maranoa River from Neil Turner Weir over a combined 9.7km stretch to the end of its ponded area
  • Neil Turner Weir is a sand-filled concrete-faced cascading structure made up of rock-filled precast units.

Water uses

  • Irrigation purposes (minimal)
  • Urban water supply for the town of Mitchell.

Scheme history

  • Neil Turner Weir was constructed in 1984 to provide water for the town of Mitchell, regulate streamflow, allow for irrigation and provide a recreational facility for the community.

Maranoa River Schematic Plan

Scheme management

Sunwater aims to achieve the efficient delivery of water to customers in the Maranoa River scheme that best meets their needs.

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 Maranoa 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).

Announced allocations

There are no announced allocations available for the Maranoa River water supply scheme.

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 Maranoa River scheme, please refer to the documents below.

Fees and Charges – 2017-18

Fees and Charges – 2018-19

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 Maranoa River Scheme is centred in the town of Mitchell, with Neil Turner Weir its major supply infrastructure.

How the scheme works

  • The scheme supplements surface water along the Maranoa River from Neil Turner Weir over a combined 9.7km stretch to the end of its ponded area
  • Neil Turner Weir is a sand-filled concrete-faced cascading structure made up of rock-filled precast units.

Water uses

  • Irrigation purposes (minimal)
  • Urban water supply for the town of Mitchell.

Scheme history

  • Neil Turner Weir was constructed in 1984 to provide water for the town of Mitchell, regulate streamflow, allow for irrigation and provide a recreational facility for the community.

Maranoa River Schematic Plan