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Nogoa Mackenzie

Scheme storages:

Fairbairn Dam

Bedford Weir
Bingegang Weir
Selma Weir
Tartrus Weir

Announced allocations

High priority


100%

Medium priority


0%/30% (Zones B-D)

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About

The Nogoa Mackenzie Scheme services the water requirements of Central Queensland communities, with Fairbairn Dam on the Nogoa River the main storage for the scheme.

From 1 July 2019 Fairbairn Irrigation Network PTY LTD took over ownership and management of the scheme. Sunwater continues to manage the bulk assets, including Fairbairn Dam and the Nogoa River Weirs. Please refer to the FIN Website for further information.

How the scheme works

  • The central feature of the scheme is the conservation of water of the Nogoa River by Fairbairn Dam, near Emerald
  • Water is diverted from Fairbairn Dam to two channel systems to customers via a network of mostly open-earth channels
  • The Selma Channel System is 47km long and supplies water to the left bank, west and north of Emerald
  • The Weemah Channel System supplies water to the right bank irrigation area east of Emerald and measures 53km.

Water uses

  • Irrigation water for cotton, citrus, grapes, wheat, pulse crops, sorghum, maize, lucerne, oats, barley and sunflowers
  • Urban water supply for Emerald, Blackwater, Bluff, Tieri, Dysart and Middlemount
  • Industrial water supply primarily for mining.

Scheme history

  • The scheme was established in 1968 to meet agricultural and mining developments, and water requirements
  • The Fairbairn Dam was completed in 1972 and the dam filled and overflowed for the first time two years later.

Nogoa Mackenzie Schematic Plan

Scheme management

The Nogoa Mackenzie Resource Operations Licence (ROL) requires Sunwater to operate in accordance with an operations manual that is approved by the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy. The operations manual states rules for the operation of infrastructure associated with the Nogoa Mackenzie scheme as well as water sharing rules and seasonal water assignment (temporary trade) rules.

The Nogoa Mackenzie Water Supply Scheme ROL Operations Manual was issued in June 2018 with version 3 approved on 26 September 2019. A statement of changes to the operations manual can be found on the second page of this manual.

Sunwater aims to achieve the efficient delivery of water to customers in the Nogoa Mackenzie 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 Nogoa Mackenzie’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:

Nogoa Mackenzie Scheme Area
Travel time after order is placed
NOGOA – Fairbairn Dam to Emerald 2 Days
RIVER – Emerald to Bridge Flats 3 Days
Bridge Flats to Comet Junction 4 Days
MACKENZIE – Comet Junction to Bedford Weir 4 Days
RIVER – Bedford Weir to Bingegang Weir 3 Days
Bingegang Weir to Tartrus Weir 3 Days
Tartrus Weir to 10 Mile Waterhole 3 Days
10 Mile to Springton Ck Junction 5 Days

 

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 Nogoa Mackenzie 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).

Nogoa Mackenzie’s Irrigator Advisory Committee

The Nogoa Mackenzie 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

Nogoa Mackenzie Committee Members

Name
Position
Representative Area/Section
Robert Ingram Chairperson Section 1 – Selma Channel System. Fairbairn Dam to 13 mile
Neville Brownlie Committee Member Section 1 – Selma Channel System. 21 mile to End of Channel
Elmien Ballot Committee Member Section 2 – Nogoa Mackenzie River System
Nigel Burnett Committee Member Section 2 – Nogoa Mackenzie River System
Carl (Neek) Morawitz Committee Member Section 2 – Nogoa Mackenzie River System
Matthew Barnes Committee Member Section 4 – Weemah Channel System. Fairbairn Dam to 34 mile
Les Fluerty Committee Member Section 4 – Weemah Channel System. 34 mile to End of Channel
Paul Wortley Committee Member Section 4 – Weemah Channel System. Small Crop

 

Stay up to date with the Nogoa Mackenzie Irrigator Advisory Committee

Announced allocations

Water Year: 2019/2020

High priority: 100%
Medium priority: 0% (excluding zones B-D) 

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

2018-2019 Carryover Parameters – CAP 75,000 ML with 57.390% Pro rata

As Fairbairn Dam is below 194.11m, Stage 1 of CWSA is triggered for water allocations located in Zones B-D (Tartrus Weir).

Medium Priority 30% (Zones B-D)

Announced Allocations effective 5 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 Nogoa Mackenzie 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 May 2019)

Operational Report (effective 1 April 2019)

Operational Report (effective 1 February 2019)

Operational Report (effective 1 December 2018)

Operational Report (effective 1 July 2018)

Operational Report (effective 5 September 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 Nogoa Mackenzie 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 Nogoa Mackenzie Scheme services the water requirements of Central Queensland communities, with Fairbairn Dam on the Nogoa River the main storage for the scheme.

From 1 July 2019 Fairbairn Irrigation Network PTY LTD took over ownership and management of the scheme. Sunwater continues to manage the bulk assets, including Fairbairn Dam and the Nogoa River Weirs. Please refer to the FIN Website for further information.

How the scheme works

  • The central feature of the scheme is the conservation of water of the Nogoa River by Fairbairn Dam, near Emerald
  • Water is diverted from Fairbairn Dam to two channel systems to customers via a network of mostly open-earth channels
  • The Selma Channel System is 47km long and supplies water to the left bank, west and north of Emerald
  • The Weemah Channel System supplies water to the right bank irrigation area east of Emerald and measures 53km.

Water uses

  • Irrigation water for cotton, citrus, grapes, wheat, pulse crops, sorghum, maize, lucerne, oats, barley and sunflowers
  • Urban water supply for Emerald, Blackwater, Bluff, Tieri, Dysart and Middlemount
  • Industrial water supply primarily for mining.

Scheme history

  • The scheme was established in 1968 to meet agricultural and mining developments, and water requirements
  • The Fairbairn Dam was completed in 1972 and the dam filled and overflowed for the first time two years later.

Nogoa Mackenzie Schematic Plan