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SCHEME

Upper Burnett

Scheme storages:

Wuruma Dam

Claude Wharton Weir
John Goleby Weir
Jones Weir
Kirar Weir

Announced allocations

High priority (Wuruma)


100%

Medium priority (Wuruma)


100%

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About

The Upper Burnett Scheme consists of four storages which provides irrigation and urban water supply to the Upper Burnett region.

How the scheme works

  • The scheme consists of four storages: Wuruma Dam, John Goleby Weir, Jones Weir and Claude Wharton Weir
  • The major storage for the scheme is Wuruma Dam which was designed to maintain a regulated supply
  • The dam, together with the Mundubbera Weir, supply water to irrigate some 4,450ha of land along 165km of the Burnett River to Mingo crossing.

Water uses

  • Irrigation water for citrus, small crops and dairy farming
  • Urban water supply for the towns of Eidsvold, Mundubbera and Gayndah.

Scheme history

  • Wuruma Dam was constructed between 1965 and 1968
  • Jones Weir is one of the oldest concrete weirs commissioned in Queensland and was constructed in 1951 to supply water inter alia to a fledgling citrus and dairy industry.

Upper Burnett Schematic Plan

Scheme management

Sunwater aims to achieve the efficient delivery of water to customers in the Upper Burnett 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 Upper Burnett’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 Upper Burnett 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).

Upper Burnett’s Irrigator Advisory Committee

The Upper Burnett 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.

Upper Burnett Committee Members

Name
Position
Representative Area/Section
Mark Trott Chairperson Section 2 (ponded area of the Jones Weir only)
Greg Green Committee Member Section 1 (all area above the ponded area of Jones Weir)
Alan Voss Committee Member Section 1 (all area above the ponded area of Jones Weir)
David Wagne Committee Member Section 2 (ponded area of the Jones Weir only)
Vacant Committee Member Section 3 (all area below Jones Weir excluding ponded area of Claude Wharton Weir)
Vacant Committee Member Section 3 (all area below Jones Weir excluding ponded area of Claude Wharton Weir)
Les Darrow Committee Member Section 4 (ponded area of Claude Wharton Weir)
Judy Shepherd Committee Member Section 5 (all area in scheme below ponded area of the Claude Wharton Weir)
Chris Benham Committee Member Section 5 (all area in scheme below ponded area of the Claude Wharton Weir)
Cr Faye Whelan Council Representative North Burnett Regional Council
Vacant Council Representative North Burnett Regional Council

 

Stay up to date with the Upper Burnett Irrigator Advisory Committee

Announced allocations

Water Year: 2018/2019

Wuruma Subscheme
High priority: 100%
Medium priority: 100%

Announced Allocations effective 1 July 2018 and will be applicable until revised and communicated by Sunwater.

Kirar Subscheme
High priority: 100%
Medium priority: 100%

Announced Allocations effective 1 July 2018 and will be applicable until revised and communicated by Sunwater.

Jones Subscheme
High priority: 100%
Medium priority: 100%

Announced Allocations effective 1 July 2018 and will be applicable until revised and communicated by Sunwater.

Claude Wharton Subscheme
High priority: 100%
Medium priority: 100%

Announced Allocations effective 1 July 2018 and will be applicable until revised and communicated by Sunwater.

John Goleby Subscheme
Medium priority: 100%

Announced Allocations effective 13 May 2019 and will be applicable until revised and communicated by Sunwater.

13 May 2019  – Due to John Goleby Weir ceasing to overflow, the start of a subsequent water period for the John Goleby Subscheme has been activated. As per section 61 (4) of the Water Resource (Burnet Basin) Plan 2014, in a subsequent water period in the water year the ROL holder may supply, and the holder of the water allocation may take, the nominal volume for the water allocation.

 

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 Upper Burnett 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 2018)

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 Upper Burnett 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 Upper Burnett Scheme consists of four storages which provides irrigation and urban water supply to the Upper Burnett region.

How the scheme works

  • The scheme consists of four storages: Wuruma Dam, John Goleby Weir, Jones Weir and Claude Wharton Weir
  • The major storage for the scheme is Wuruma Dam which was designed to maintain a regulated supply
  • The dam, together with the Mundubbera Weir, supply water to irrigate some 4,450ha of land along 165km of the Burnett River to Mingo crossing.

Water uses

  • Irrigation water for citrus, small crops and dairy farming
  • Urban water supply for the towns of Eidsvold, Mundubbera and Gayndah.

Scheme history

  • Wuruma Dam was constructed between 1965 and 1968
  • Jones Weir is one of the oldest concrete weirs commissioned in Queensland and was constructed in 1951 to supply water inter alia to a fledgling citrus and dairy industry.

Upper Burnett Schematic Plan