Dawson Valley Weirs & Barrages

Dawson Valley Weirs & Barrages

History

Dawson Valley Weirs

The scheme was Queensland’s first major irrigation project established in 1923.  Theodore and Orange Creek weirs were the first storages completed on the Dawson River in 1930 and 1932 respectively. The Moura Weir was completed in 1946 to supplement water for cotton farming. Glebe Weir was added in 1971, Neville Hewitt Weir in 1976, and Gyranda Weir in 1987.

Cotton is the major crop, but water also irrigates fodder crops and cereals. The scheme supplies urban water for Theodore, Moura, Baralaba and Duaringa and industrial water for coal mines in the Moura-Kianga area, an ammonium nitrate plant at Moura, and a gold mining venture in Cracow.

Did you know?

The scheme supplies water to about 135 farms that irrigate more than 7530 ha of land.


Mass concrete
Glebe Weir
17,706 ML

Facilities

  • Boat Ramp

  • Car Parking

  • Road Access

  • Lookout

  • Picnic Areas

  • Toilets

  • Rubbish Bins

  • BBQs

  • Treated Water

  • Camping

Additional information

Management

Glebe Weir is owned and managed by Sunwater. Banana Shire Council own and manages the camping ground and recreation area. Banana Shire Council manage the boat ramp on behalf of the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Public access

Public access is permitted in designated areas only. There is no public access to the weir infrastructure. 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

Camping grounds at Glebe Weir are owned and managed by Banana Shire Council. For information about camping contact Banana Shire Council.

Boating and fishing

Sunwater does not permit boating or fishing near the weir. Boating and fishing occur in the surrounding waterway (not owned or managed by Sunwater). Boat operators 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. Onshore fishing occurs in the surrounding area (not owned or managed by Sunwater). Visitors are reminded that fishing on or near weir walls is unsafe and is not permitted by law.

Swimming, water-based recreation          

Sunwater does not permit swimming and water-based recreation near the weir. Swimming and water-based recreation occur in the surrounding waterway (not owned or managed by Sunwater). Visitors are reminded to read the signs, check for hazards, know your swimming ability and enjoy the waterway safely.

Known additional hazards

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


Timber piled weir, which has been renovated to include steel and concrete
Moura Weir
7,700ML

Facilities

  • Boat Ramp

  • Car Parking

  • Road Access

  • Lookout

  • Picnic Areas

  • Toilets

  • Rubbish Bins

  • BBQs

  • Treated Water

  • Camping

Additional information

Management

Moura Weir is owned and managed by Sunwater inside private land.

Public access

Public access is permitted in designated areas only. There is no public access to the weir infrastructure. 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. Boating and fishing occur in the surrounding waterway (not owned or managed by Sunwater). Boat operators 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. Onshore fishing occurs in the surrounding area (not owned or managed by Sunwater). Visitors are reminded that fishing on or near weir walls is unsafe and is not permitted by law.

Swimming, water-based recreation          

Sunwater does not permit swimming and water-based recreation near the weir. Swimming and water-based recreation occur in the surrounding waterway (not owned or managed by Sunwater). Visitors are reminded to read the signs, check for hazards, know your swimming ability and enjoy the waterway safely.

Known additional hazards

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


Mass concrete weir
Neville Hewitt Weir
10,646 ML

Facilities

  • Boat Ramp

  • Car Parking

  • Road Access

  • Lookout

  • Picnic Areas

  • Toilets

  • Rubbish Bins

  • BBQs

  • Treated Water

  • Camping

Additional information

Management

Neville Hewitt Weir is owned and managed by Sunwater. Banana Shire Council own and manage the camping ground, boat ramp and recreation area.

Public access

Public access is permitted in designated areas only. There is no public access to the weir infrastructure. 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

Camping grounds at Neville Hewitt Weir are owned and managed by Banana Shire Council. For information about camping contact Banana Shire Council.

Boating and fishing

Sunwater does not permit boating or fishing near the weir. Boating and fishing occur in the surrounding waterway (not owned or managed by Sunwater). Boat operators 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. Onshore fishing occurs in the surrounding area (not owned or managed by Sunwater). Visitors are reminded that fishing on or near weir walls is unsafe and is not permitted by law.

Swimming, water-based recreation          

Sunwater does not permit swimming and water-based recreation near the weir. Swimming and water-based recreation occur in the surrounding waterway (not owned or managed by Sunwater). Visitors are reminded to read the signs, check for hazards, know your swimming ability and enjoy the waterway safely.

Known additional hazards

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


The main weir was originally of timber pile construction, with concrete abutment and apron slabs additions
Theodore Weir
4,760 ML

Facilities

  • Boat Ramp

  • Car Parking

  • Road Access

  • Lookout

  • Picnic Areas

  • Toilets

  • Rubbish Bins

  • BBQs

  • Treated Water

  • Camping

Additional information

Management

Theodore Weir is owned and managed by Sunwater. Banana Shire Council owns and manages the facilities, boat ramp and camping ground upstream.

Public access

Public access is permitted in designated areas only. There is no public access to the weir infrastructure. 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             

Camping grounds located upstream at Junction Park are owned and managed by Banana Shire Council. For information about camping contact Banana Shire Council.

Boating and fishing

Sunwater does not permit boating or fishing near the weir. Boating and fishing occur in the surrounding waterway (not owned or managed by Sunwater). Boat operators 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. Onshore fishing occurs in the surrounding area (not owned or managed by Sunwater). Visitors are reminded that fishing on or near weir walls is unsafe and is not permitted by law.

Swimming, water-based recreation          

Sunwater does not permit swimming and water-based recreation near the weir. Swimming and water-based recreation occur in the surrounding waterway (not owned or managed by Sunwater). Visitors are reminded to read the signs, check for hazards, know your swimming ability and enjoy the waterway safely.

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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