St George Weirs & Barrages

St George Weirs & Barrages


St George Scheme

The St George Scheme was given the green light in 1953 promising to supply irrigation water to the Balonne Shire region in southwest Queensland via Jack Taylor Weir on the Balonne River.

The water supports irrigation for cotton, wheat, grapes, melons, and small crops and urban water supply for St George.

Did you know?

Jack Taylor Weir is host to an annual calendar of fishing events including the annual St George Family Fishing Competition in September.

Reinforced concrete weir
Jack Taylor Weir
10,270 ML


  • Boat Ramp

  • Car Parking

  • Road Access

  • Lookout

  • Picnic Areas

  • Toilets

  • Rubbish Bins

  • BBQs

  • Treated Water

  • Camping

Additional information


Jack Taylor Weir is owned and managed by Sunwater. Balonne Shire Council manages the pontoon and boat ramp on behalf of the owners, the Department of Transport and Main Roads. Balonne Shire Council owns and manages the carpark and parks.

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.  


Sunwater does not permit camping at this storage.

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.

Disclaimer:  Sunwater makes no statement, representation, or warranties about the accuracy or completeness of, and users should not rely on, any information provided by Sunwater above, or generally in relation to conditions at a Sunwater storage (Information).  Sunwater disclaims all responsibility and all liability (including without limitation, liability in negligence) for all expenses, losses, damages and costs a user might incur as a result of use of such Information, and any Information being inaccurate or incomplete in any way, and for any reason.  Users accept sole responsibility and the risk associated with any use of Information, irrespective of the purpose to which such use or results are applied.