Burdekin Falls Dam Raising project
|EIS status||EIS active|
|Description||Proposal to increase the storage capacity of the existing Burdekin Falls Dam by raising the dam by two metres.|
|Location/s||The project is located on the Burdekin River approximately 160 kilometres upstream from the river’s mouth and approximately 210 kilometres south of Townsville. Map|
Initial investment (2018) of up to $502 million.
In the 2023−24 Queensland Budget, as part of reinvesting in the regions, $440 million has been allocated to contribute to the cost of improving and raising Burdekin Falls Dam by two metres. This is in addition to the Queensland Government’s existing $100 million project commitment. Planning and preconstruction activities will continue during 2023−24, while the Environmental Impact Statement process is underway, which will assist in determining a final cost estimate.
|Construction start date||2025 (subject to approvals, final design and an investment decision by the Queensland Government).|
150 full time equivalent (construction).
* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.
Environmental impact statement (EIS) process
|Currently||Draft EIS being prepared by proponent.|
|12 September 2023||Coordinator-General stated a new project declaration lapse date of 7 April 2025.|
|12 December 2022||Proponent confirmed a refined scope of works, raising to two metres.|
|23 August 2022||Coordinator-General stated a new project declaration lapse date of 3 October 2023.|
|1 April 2021||Terms of reference for an EIS ( 885 KB) released.|
|30 November 2020 to 29 January 2021||Draft terms of reference for EIS public consultation ( 765 KB).|
|28 August 2020||Commonwealth Minister for the Environment decided that the project is a ‘controlled action'.|
|29 July 2020||Gazettal ( 247 KB) of ‘Coordinated project’ declaration.|
|11 June 2020||Application, including initial advice statement ( 8.9 MB), submitted.|
Last updated: 13 Sep 2023