Burdekin Haughton Weirs & Barrages

Burdekin Haughton Weirs & Barrages

History

Burdekin Haughton Weirs

Burdekin River irrigation was established in the 1950s over 7,500 ha at Clare, Millaroo and Dalbeg with water supply from the Gorge Weir and Blue Valley Weir.

In 1980, the Queensland Parliament established the Burdekin River Project, the largest land and water conservation scheme then undertaken in Queensland. Giru Weir was built in 1977, Clare Weir in 1978, and Val Bird Weir in 1983 to support irrigation water supplies for Burdekin farms producing the region’s famous high-yield cane, along with capsicums, eggplants, rockmelons, squash, pumpkins, watermelons and sweet corn, as well as summer mangoes.


Concreted rock wall, with timber dropboard outlet works
Blue Valley Weir
3,820 ML

Facilities

  • Boat Ramp

  • Car Parking

  • Road Access

  • Lookout

  • Picnic Areas

  • Toilets

  • Rubbish Bins

  • BBQs

  • Treated Water

  • Camping

Additional information

Management

Blue Valley Weir is owned and managed by Sunwater.

Public access

There is no public access to the weir or the weir area. Sunwater restricts access to the weir infrastructure in order to keep you safe as conditions can be dangerous and unpredictable and water can be released at any time.  

Camping             

Sunwater does not permit camping near the weir.

Boating and fishing

Sunwater does not permit boating or fishing near the weir. Operators who choose to boat or fish in the surrounding waterway (not owned by Sunwater) are reminded to read the signs, look for hazards, boat to conditions and stay away from the weir wall by at least 200 metres or as signed.

Onshore fishing

Sunwater does not permit onshore fishing on or near the weir. Fishing on or near weir walls is unsafe and not permitted by law.

Swimming and water recreation

Sunwater does not permit swimming and water-based recreation near the weir.

Known additional hazards

Visitors accessing downstream of the weir for recreation are warned that water releases can occur at any time.


Mass concrete weir with tilting gates and fish transfer system
Clare Weir
15,900 ML

Facilities

  • Boat Ramp

  • Car Parking

  • Road Access

  • Lookout

  • Picnic Areas

  • Toilets

  • Rubbish Bins

  • BBQs

  • Treated Water

  • Camping

Additional information

Management

Clare Weir is owned and managed by Sunwater.

Public access

There is no public access to the weir or the weir area. Sunwater restricts access to the weir infrastructure in order to keep you safe as conditions can be dangerous and unpredictable and water can be released at any time.  

Camping             

Sunwater does not permit camping near the weir.

Boating and fishing

Sunwater does not permit boating or fishing near the weir. Operators who choose to boat or fish in the surrounding waterway (not owned by Sunwater) are reminded to read the signs, look for hazards, boat to conditions and stay away from the weir wall by at least 200 metres or as signed.

Onshore fishing

Sunwater does not permit onshore fishing on or near the weir. Fishing on or near weir walls is unsafe and not permitted by law.

Swimming and water recreation

Sunwater does not permit swimming and water-based recreation near the weir.

Known additional hazards

Visitors accessing downstream of the weir for recreation are warned that water releases can occur at any time.


Earth and rockfill weir with steel sheet piling cut-off
Giru Weir
1,025 ML

Facilities

  • Boat Ramp

  • Car Parking

  • Road Access

  • Lookout

  • Picnic Areas

  • Toilets

  • Rubbish Bins

  • BBQs

  • Treated Water

  • Camping

Additional information

Management

Giru Weir is owned and managed by Sunwater.

Public access

There is no public access to the weir or the weir area. Sunwater restricts access to the weir infrastructure in order to keep you safe as conditions can be dangerous and unpredictable and water can be released at any time.  

Camping             

Sunwater does not permit camping near the weir.

Boating and fishing

Sunwater does not permit boating or fishing near the weir. Operators who choose to boat or fish in the surrounding waterway (not owned by Sunwater) are reminded to read the signs, look for hazards, boat to conditions and stay away from the weir wall by at least 200 metres or as signed.

Onshore fishing

Sunwater does not permit onshore fishing on or near the weir. Fishing on or near weir walls is unsafe and not permitted by law.

Swimming and water recreation

Sunwater does not permit swimming and water-based recreation near the weir.

Known additional hazards

Visitors accessing downstream of the weir for recreation are warned that water releases can occur at any time.


Mass concrete structure, with a dropboard section
Gorge Weir
9,095 ML

Facilities

  • Boat Ramp

  • Car Parking

  • Road Access

  • Lookout

  • Picnic Areas

  • Toilets

  • Rubbish Bins

  • BBQs

  • Treated Water

  • Camping

Additional information

Management

Gorge Weir is owned and managed by Sunwater.

Public access

There is no public access to the weir or weir area. Sunwater restricts access to the weir infrastructure in order to keep you safe as conditions can be dangerous and unpredictable and water can be released at any time.  

Camping             

Sunwater does not permit camping near the weir.

Boating and fishing

Sunwater does not permit boating or fishing near the weir. Operators who choose to boat or fish in the surrounding waterway (not owned by Sunwater) are reminded to read the signs, look for hazards, boat to conditions and stay away from the weir wall by at least 200 metres or as signed.

Onshore fishing

Sunwater does not permit onshore fishing on or near the weir. Fishing on or near weir walls is unsafe and not permitted by law.Operators who choose to boat or fish in the surrounding waterway (not owned by Sunwater) are advised that large crocodiles are known to inhabit the waterway upstream and downstream of this weir.

Swimming and water recreation

Sunwater does not permit swimming and water-based recreation near the weir.

Known additional hazards

Visitors accessing downstream of the weir for recreation are warned that water releases can occur at any time.


A structure with four rows of steel sheet piling, the two upstream rows carrying a concrete deck, rockfill between and downstream of the rows of steel sheet piling
Val Bird Weir
615 ML

Facilities

  • Boat Ramp

  • Car Parking

  • Road Access

  • Lookout

  • Picnic Areas

  • Toilets

  • Rubbish Bins

  • BBQs

  • Treated Water

  • Camping

Additional information

Management

Val Bird Weir is owned and managed by Sunwater.

Public access

There is no public access to the weir or weir area. Sunwater restricts access to the weir infrastructure in order to keep you safe as conditions can be dangerous and unpredictable and water can be released at any time.  

Camping             

Sunwater does not permit camping near the weir.

Boating and fishing

Sunwater does not permit boating or fishing near the weir. Operators who choose to boat or fish in the surrounding waterway (not owned by Sunwater) are reminded to read the signs, look for hazards, boat to conditions and stay away from the weir wall by at least 200 metres or as signed.

Onshore fishing

Sunwater does not permit onshore fishing on or near the weir. Fishing on or near weir walls is unsafe and not permitted by law.

Swimming and water recreation

Sunwater does not permit swimming and water-based recreation near the weir.

Known additional hazards

Visitors accessing downstream of the weir for recreation are warned that water releases can occur at any time.


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