Bundaberg

  • Water supply scheme
  • Water distribution system

The Bundaberg water supply scheme  is made up of two sub-schemes:

  • Kolan River sub-scheme, including:
    • Fred Haigh Dam
    • Bucca Weir
    • Kolan Barrage
  • Lower Burnett sub-scheme, including:
    • Ned Churchward Weir
    • Ben Anderson Barrage
    • Bingera Weir.

The scheme has more than 1,100 bulk customers with medium and high water access entitlements

Two dams form the main storage infrastructure:

  • Fred Haigh Dam
  • Paradise Dam

Water is supplied through this scheme to the city of Bundaberg, as well as the communities of Burnett, Kolan and Isis shires.

It also serves irrigators who produce various crops. Bundaberg is known as a big sugar-producing area, but other crops include tomatoes, watermelons, rockmelons, capsicums, zucchini, beans, macadamia nuts and avocados.

Industries also benefit from this water scheme, in particular sugar mills.

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The Bundaberg distribution system consists of a number of channel sub-systems:

 
  • Gin Gin sub-system – draws from Fred Haigh Dam using the Monduran pump station and the Tirroan  Pump Station.
  •  Bingera sub-system – supplied from the main Gin Gin channel. It has three pump stations: the Bullyard, Bucca and McIlwraith pump stations. In combination they use eight pumps.
  •  Isis sub-system – supplied from the Burnett River’s Ben Anderson Barrage through the Don Beattie pump station. The system includes four pump stations:  Don Beattie, North Gregory, Quart Pot and Dinner Hill.
  • Woongarra sub-system – borders the north and south-eastern sides of the City of Bundaberg. It includes two pump stations: Woongarra pump station with five pumps and  Walker Street pump station with four pumps. 
  • Abbotsford sub-system – supplied from the Kolan River. It has only one pump station: the Abbotsford pump station, with  has two submersible pumps.
  • Gooburrum sub-system – supplied from the Kolan River through the Gooburrum pump station. It supplies the coastal strip north of Bundaberg.  
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