In the 1940s and 1950s three small weirs were constructed along the Macintyre Brook in an endeavour to alleviate water shortages for tobacco. Ben Dor Weir, about 30 km south of Inglewood, Whetstone Weir, and Greenup Weir were originally timber crib weirs, which was the construction style of the day. Whetstone weir had a complete rebuild in 2009 with the new steel sheet piling and concrete capping of the timber cribs.
The weirs now supply water to support sheep and cattle grazing, timber milling, fodder, grains and horticulture crops. Local produce includes olives, high quality honey, organic chicken and beef.
Sheet piling weir with concrete cap
Whetstone Weir is owned and managed by Sunwater. Goondiwindi Regional Council manages the reserve on the south side of the river.
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.
Sunwater does not permit camping near the weir. Free camping is available at the reserve on the south side of the river. For information about camping contact Goondiwindi Regional Council.
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.
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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