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Burdekin Falls Dam Raising project

Project overview*

EIS statusEIS active
DescriptionProposal to increase the storage capacity of the existing Burdekin Falls Dam by raising the dam by at least 2 metres (m) and possibly up to 6 m.
ProponentSunwater Limited
Location/sThe project is located on the Burdekin River approximately 160 kilometres upstream from the river’s mouth and approximately 210 kilometres south of Townsville. Map
Local government/s
  • Charters Towers Regional Council
  • Whitsunday Regional Council
InvestmentEstimated between $358 million and $665 million, depending on the final height of the dam raising
Key features
  • raising the dam spillway by at least 2 m and possibly up to 6 m
  • raising the associated abutments and saddle dams
  • adjustments to apron and splitter piers
  • access road realignments and upgrades.
Construction start date2025
  • 150 full time equivalent (construction)

* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.

Have your say

The Coordinator-General has prepared draft terms of reference (TOR) for an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Burdekin Falls Dam Raising project.

The draft TOR sets out the matters Sunwater Limited must address when preparing the EIS.

You are invited to comment on whether the draft TOR adequately covers all the matters the project proponent must address when preparing the EIS.

The Coordinator-General will consider your comments before finalising the TOR.

Comments close at 5 pm on 29 January 2021.

Environmental impact statement (EIS) process

30 November 2020 to 29 January 2021Draft terms of reference for EIS public consultation (PDF icon 765 KB).
28 August 2020Commonwealth Minister for the Environment decided that the project is a ‘controlled action'.
29 July 2020Gazettal (PDF icon 247 KB) of ‘Coordinated project’ declaration.
11 June 2020Application, including initial advice statement (PDF icon 8.9 MB), submitted.

Further information

Read more about the EIS process.

Last updated: Thursday, Sep 3, 2020