Lower Mary River Weirs & Barrages

Lower Mary River Weirs & Barrages

History

Lower Mary River Weirs

Initially approved to help farm production through a reliable water supply in 1978, the project and its associated barrages were completed in 1988.

Tinana Barrage, built in 1980, is downstream of Teddington Weir on Tinana Creek, and Mary River Barrage, built in 1982, is downstream of Tiaro along the Mary River. The barrages were built in the tidal prism in the river which means they were within the natural tidal limits and effectively took fresh water, and irrigation, closer to Maryborough.

The scheme supports 192 customers on the Fraser Coast growing cane sugar, fruit, nuts, vegetables and livestock.

Did you know?

Aggressive, territorial and with a nasty bite, the endangered Mary River Cod, that can grow up to 20 kg, is local to the waterways.


Steel sheet pile with capped concrete tidal barrage
Mary River Barrage
12,000 ML

Facilities

  • Boat Ramp

  • Car Parking

  • Road Access

  • Lookout

  • Picnic Areas

  • Toilets

  • Rubbish Bins

  • BBQs

  • Treated Water

  • Camping

Additional information

Management

Mary River Barrage is owned and managed by Sunwater.

Public access

This storage is only accessible to Sunwater through private property. There is no public access to the barrage or barrage area. Sunwater restricts access to the barrage 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 barrage.

Boating and fishing

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

Swimming and water recreation

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

Known additional hazards

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


Steel sheet pile with capped concrete tidal barrage
Tinana Barrage
4,750 ML

Facilities

  • Boat Ramp

  • Car Parking

  • Road Access

  • Lookout

  • Picnic Areas

  • Toilets

  • Rubbish Bins

  • BBQs

  • Treated Water

  • Camping

Additional information

Management

Tinana Barrage is owned and managed by Sunwater.

Public access

This storage is only accessible to Sunwater through private property. There is no public access to the barrage or barrage area. Sunwater restricts access to the barrage 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 barrage.

Boating and fishing

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

Swimming and water recreation

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

Known additional hazards

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


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