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Burdekin Falls Dam Raising project

Project overview*

EIS statusEIS active
Description Proposal to increase the storage capacity of the existing Burdekin Falls Dam by raising the dam by two metres.
Proponent Sunwater Limited
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
Local government/s
  • Charters Towers Regional Council
  • Whitsunday Regional Council.

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.

Key features
  • raising the dam spillway by two metres
  • raising the associated abutments and saddle dams
  • adjustments to apron and splitter piers
  • access road realignments and upgrades.
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 2023Coordinator-General stated a new project declaration lapse date of 7 April 2025.
12 December 2022Proponent 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 (PDF icon 885 KB) released.
30 November 2020 to 29 January 2021 Draft terms of reference for EIS public consultation (PDF icon 765 KB).
28 August 2020 Commonwealth Minister for the Environment decided that the project is a ‘controlled action'.
29 July 2020 Gazettal (PDF icon 247 KB) of ‘Coordinated project’ declaration.
11 June 2020 Application, including initial advice statement (PDF icon 8.9 MB), submitted.

Further information

Read more about the EIS process.

Last updated: 13 Sep 2023