Three Moon Creek

Three Moon Creek


Announced Allocations
Medium Priority Interim
(Surface water)
High Priority Interim
(Underground water)
Medium Priority Interim
(Underground water)
Cania Dam
Water Pricing
Fees and Charges 2021-2022
Fees and Charges 2020-2021
Fees and Charges 2019-2020

Scheme information


The Three Moon Creek Scheme draws its water from Cania Dam and provides irrigation and urban water supply to users in Monto and Mulgildie.

How the scheme works
  • Cania Dam is an earth and rockfill dam, with releases made to recharge groundwater reserves which supply the majority of customers in the scheme.
Water uses
  • Irrigation water for agriculture
  • Urban water supply for the rural townships of Monto and Mulgildie.

Scheme Management

The Three Moon Creek Water Supply Scheme is managed under rules contained in the Three Moon Creek Interim Resource Operations Licence (IROL). The IROL was issued to Sunwater on 18 June 2021 by the Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water (DRDMW). Three Moon Creek is a groundwater recharge scheme. Releases are made from Cania Dam (in consultation with its Irrigator Advisory Committee) to fill small weirs downstream for recharging the groundwater aquifers. Most customers access their water through groundwater bores. Some customers may also access surface water when releases are made, or from weirs and waterholes when water is available.

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 Three Moon Creek’s Rules and Targets.

To view current water allocations for sale, click here.

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 Three Moon Creek 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).

Three Moon Creek’s Irrigator Advisory Committee

The Three Moon Creek 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
NamePositionRepresentative Area/Section
Paul FrancisChairperson
Lindsay PenneyCommittee MemberSection 5 – Allan Downie Property to Bunyip Hole
Russ SalisburyCommittee MemberSection 3 – Youlambie Weir to Monto
Brad ForsythCommittee MemberSection 1 A – Upper Section
Chris AbbottCommittee MemberSection 1 B – Lower Section
Jason LarsenCommittee MemberSection 4 – Monto to and including Harold Kerle Property
Alan LittleCommittee MemberSection 6 – Bunyip Hole to Abercorn
Les HotzSecretary

Stay up to date with the Three Moon Creek Irrigator Advisory Committee.

Announced Allocations

Water Year: 2021/2022
Surface water
Medium priority interim: 100%
Underground water
High priority interim: 100%
Medium priority interim: 100%
Announced Allocations effective 1 July 2021 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

History of Announced Allocations
Three Moon Creek

AA history


Service and Performance Plans

Sunwater prepares an annual Service and Performance Plan (S&PP) for each irrigation service contract area. S&PPs replace the former annual Network Service Plans and annual Performance Reports.
For further information about this service, please visit the Service and Performance Plan page.

Three Moon Bulk Supply

2022 Draft Service and Performance Plan


Three Moon Bulk Supply

2021 Service and Performance Plan

Three Moon Bulk Supply

2020 Network Service Plan


Scheme news

End of water year newsletter



End of water newsletter


Summary of proposed amendments to IROL

April 2021

Notice of application: Three Moon Creek IROL amendment

April 2021

Customer update

June 2021


Purchasing interim water allocations

July 2021


Scheme history

Monto’s livestock and fodder crops
Monto’s livestock and fodder crops

Three Moon Creek Water Supply Scheme

One of the newest towns in Queensland, Monto was built in 1924 inland from Bundaberg. It was the first community in the state to be created utilising a town plan after the Queensland Government acquired large landholdings in the area under the Land Development Scheme and split them into smaller blocks for soldiers returning from World War 1.

Monto was part of the push to open the state to agricultural development, and the water supply scheme soon followed. It was built to support agriculture — mainly dairy, piggeries, winter and summer cereal cropping and lucerne — and provide water for the residents of Monto and Mulgildie.

The major water storage is the Cania Dam, 37 km north-west of Monto, as well as six weirs — Avis Weir, Bazley Weir, Monto Weir, Mulgildie Weir, Youlambie Anabranch Weir and Youlambie Weir.