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St George

Scheme storages:

E J Beardmore Dam

Jack Taylor Weir

Announced allocations

Medium Priority


6%

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About

The St George Scheme draws its water from Jack Taylor Weir and Beardmore Dam, and provides irrigation, urban and industrial water supply to users in St George.

From 1 July 2018 Mallawa Irrigation took over ownership and management of the scheme. Sunwater continues to manage the bulk assets, including the dam. Please refer to the LMA website for further information.

How the scheme works

  • A network of channels and drains serves land on the left bank of the Balonne River, extending 32km south-east of St George
  • The channel system is supplied from Beardmore Dam, via Jack Taylor Weir, on the Balonne River and Moolabah Weir, and Buckinbah Weir on Thuraggi Watercourse
  • All supply channels are of open-earth construction with manually operated gravity flow control structures.

Water uses

  • Irrigation water for cotton, wheat, grapes, melons, peanuts and small crops
  • Urban water supply for St George
  • Industrial water supply primarily for abattoir use and tourist accommodation.

Scheme history

  • Approval to establish the St George Scheme granted in 1953 and was based on a water supply from Jack Taylor Weir
  • The first new irrigation farms were opened in 1956 and the scheme was extended with the construction of Beardmore Dam in 1967, which was completed five years later
  • Scheme ownership transferred to Mallawa Irrigation on 1 July 2018.

St George Schematic Plan

Scheme management

The St George 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 St George scheme as well as water sharing rules and seasonal water assignment (temporary trade) rules.

The St George Water Supply Scheme ROL Operations Manual was issued in July 2018 with an amendment approved on 03 May 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 St George 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 St George’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, 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 St George 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).

St George’s Irrigator Advisory Committee

The St George 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.

St George Committee Members

Name
Position
Glen Rogan Chairperson
Hamish McIntyre Committee Member
Chad Prescott Committee Member
Scott Armstrong Committee Member
Bill Knights Committee Member
Rob Jakins Committee Member
Luke Stower Committee Member
David Moon Committee Member

 

Stay up to date with the St George Irrigator Advisory Committee.

Announced allocations

Water Year: 2019/2020

Medium priority: 6%

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 St George 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 January 2019)

Operational Report (effective 1 July 2018)

Operational Report (effective 1 April 2018)

Operational Report (effective 1 November 2017)

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 St George 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 St George Scheme draws its water from Jack Taylor Weir and Beardmore Dam, and provides irrigation, urban and industrial water supply to users in St George.

From 1 July 2018 Mallawa Irrigation took over ownership and management of the scheme. Sunwater continues to manage the bulk assets, including the dam. Please refer to the LMA website for further information.

How the scheme works

  • A network of channels and drains serves land on the left bank of the Balonne River, extending 32km south-east of St George
  • The channel system is supplied from Beardmore Dam, via Jack Taylor Weir, on the Balonne River and Moolabah Weir, and Buckinbah Weir on Thuraggi Watercourse
  • All supply channels are of open-earth construction with manually operated gravity flow control structures.

Water uses

  • Irrigation water for cotton, wheat, grapes, melons, peanuts and small crops
  • Urban water supply for St George
  • Industrial water supply primarily for abattoir use and tourist accommodation.

Scheme history

  • Approval to establish the St George Scheme granted in 1953 and was based on a water supply from Jack Taylor Weir
  • The first new irrigation farms were opened in 1956 and the scheme was extended with the construction of Beardmore Dam in 1967, which was completed five years later
  • Scheme ownership transferred to Mallawa Irrigation on 1 July 2018.

St George Schematic Plan