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Project overview*

EIS status EIS active
Description An 888,000-megalitre dam, with an annual yield of 66,000 ML; and a 149-kilometre trunk pipeline.
Proponent SunWater Ltd (a government-owned corporation)
  • Dam wall: on the Dawson River, approximately 36 km north-east of Taroom
  • Pipeline: from dam, through the Surat Basin, to Warra
Local government/s
  • Banana Shire Council (water storage area and pipeline)
  • Western Downs Regional Council (pipeline)
Investment $1.2 billion (based on 2012 values)
Key features
  • earth and rockfill dam with spillway on right abutment
  • multi-level offtake
  • aquatic fauna transfer devices
  • pipeline
  • associated infrastructure
  • up to 525 (construction)
  • up to 5 (operational)

* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.

Have your say

SunWater Ltd has prepared additional information to the environmental impact statement (AEIS) for the Nathan Dam and Pipelines project.

The AEIS was prepared at the request of the Coordinator-General to address matters raised in submissions on the EIS.

The Coordinator-General has released the AEIS for public and government agency comment.

You are invited to make a submission on the AEIS. For more information on how to have your say, see the factsheet (PDF icon 115 KB).

The Coordinator-General will consider your submission as part of his assessment of the project’s environmental impacts.

Submissions close at 5pm on 7 November 2016.

Read and make a submission on the additional information to the EIS.

Environmental impact statement (EIS) process

Date Activity
8 October 2016 to 7 November 2016 Additional information to the EIS (AEIS) public consultation:
26 July 2012 Additional information for the EIS requested by Coordinator-General.
23 April 2012 to
5 June 2012
EIS public consultation.
13 February 2009 Terms of reference for EIS (PDF icon 801 KB) released.
13 September 2008 to
17 October 2008
Draft terms of reference for EIS public consultation.
30 July 2008 Project deemed a 'controlled action' by Commonwealth Minister for the Environment. More information
3 July 2008 Project referred to Commonwealth Minister for the Environment.
2 May 2008 Gazettal of 'coordinated project' declaration (PDF icon 177 KB)
19 March 2008 Application, including initial advice statement (PDF icon 224 KB), submitted.

Read more about the EIS process.

Further information

For more information, visit the Nathan Dam and Pipeline web page.