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Pioneer River

Scheme storages:

Teemburra Dam

Dumbleton Weir
Marian Weir
Mirani Weir

Announced allocations

High priority A


100%

High priority B


100%

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About

The Pioneer River Scheme provides a reliable supply of water for urban, industrial and agricultural users around Mackay and neighbouring districts.

How the scheme works

  • The major storage of the scheme, Teemburra Dam, is comprised of a main dam and Saddle Dams 1 and 2, located 60km west of Mackay
  • The main dam regulates flows into Teemburra Creek, whereas Saddle Dam 2 supplies water into Palm Tree Creek pipeline. The pipline runs 1.8km and is about 180m lower in elevation than the reservoir full supply level
  • The primary outlet is located at Saddle Dam 2 and delivers water to the adjacent Cattle Creek Valley where the irrigation demand is located.

Water uses

  • Irrigation at Palm Creek and Cattle Creek
  • Urban water supply for Mackay and surrounding townships
  • Industrial

Scheme history

  • The scheme commenced with Marian Weir, constructed to supply Marian Sugar Mill and irrigators in the region
  • Mirani Weir followed and was constructed to provide additional yield for downstream irrigators, and a pumping pool from which flood flows are diverted through the Mirani Diversion Channel to Kinchant Dam
  • Dubleton Rocks Weir was then constructed and upgraded twice for urban water supply before Teemburra Dam was built in 1997 to store 147,600ML.

Pioneer River Schematic Plan

Scheme management

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

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:

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 Pioneer 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

Water Year: 2019/2020

High priority A: 100%
High priority B: 100%

Announced Allocations effective 1 July 2019 and will be applicable until 30 June 2020.

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 Pioneer River can be found here.

Operational reports

Sunwater releases periodic operational reports detailing Announced Allocation levels and individual storage 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)

Streamflow Availability

Please note that the availability of streamflow as per Section 102 of the Pioneer ROP effective January 2016:

Zone Streamflow Access
Cattle01, Cattle02, Silver/McGregor01 Not Available
Pioneer01, Pioneer02, Pioneer03, Bakers01 Not Available
Pioneer04 Not Available

Teemburra Dam Water Level Classification

As required under s101A(2)(c) of the Pioneer Valley ROP (January 2016):

Teemburra Dam Storage Level Stage Effective Date
290.04m AHD 1 1 July 2019
290.04m AHD 1 1 August 2019

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 Pioneer 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 Pioneer River Scheme provides a reliable supply of water for urban, industrial and agricultural users around Mackay and neighbouring districts.

How the scheme works

  • The major storage of the scheme, Teemburra Dam, is comprised of a main dam and Saddle Dams 1 and 2, located 60km west of Mackay
  • The main dam regulates flows into Teemburra Creek, whereas Saddle Dam 2 supplies water into Palm Tree Creek pipeline. The pipline runs 1.8km and is about 180m lower in elevation than the reservoir full supply level
  • The primary outlet is located at Saddle Dam 2 and delivers water to the adjacent Cattle Creek Valley where the irrigation demand is located.

Water uses

  • Irrigation at Palm Creek and Cattle Creek
  • Urban water supply for Mackay and surrounding townships
  • Industrial

Scheme history

  • The scheme commenced with Marian Weir, constructed to supply Marian Sugar Mill and irrigators in the region
  • Mirani Weir followed and was constructed to provide additional yield for downstream irrigators, and a pumping pool from which flood flows are diverted through the Mirani Diversion Channel to Kinchant Dam
  • Dubleton Rocks Weir was then constructed and upgraded twice for urban water supply before Teemburra Dam was built in 1997 to store 147,600ML.

Pioneer River Schematic Plan