Boyne River cri­sis has now im­proved

Wiven­hoe Pipe­line’s been fixed

Central and North Burnett Times - - FENCE POST LIFE - Philippe Coquerand philippe.coquerand@cnbtimes.com.au

IT’S a wel­come re­prieve for ir­ri­ga­tors and farm­ers across the North Bur­nett re­gion.

The Boon­dooma Dam which feeds into the Boyne River has re­ceived a huge in­flux of rain in the month of March, al­most dou­bling the lev­els it was be­fore.

A spokesper­son for SunWater said Boon­dooma in­creased by 16.5% — from 75,000ML on March 29 to 108,000 on April 26.

“The an­nounced

❝ It’s too early for us to pro­vide any cer­tainty around the an­nounced al­lo­ca­tion per­cent­ages for the 2018 wa­ter year.

— SunWater

al­lo­ca­tion for Boyne River medium pri­or­ity wa­ter al­lo­ca­tions is cur­rently 100% and we ex­pect the dam level in­crease will al­low us to make an­nounced al­lo­ca­tion wa­ter avail­able to ir­ri­ga­tors up un­til the end of the 2017 wa­ter year (June 30),” the spokesper­son said.

“It’s too early for us to pro­vide any cer­tainty around the an­nounced al­lo­ca­tion per­cent­ages for the 2018 wa­ter year – given the dam level may change in the com­ing months.

“How­ever we’re con­tin­u­ing dis­cus­sions with the Boyne River Ir­ri­ga­tor Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee on short and long-term wa­ter ac­cess ar­range­ments and we will work some­thing out.”

A spokesper­son for Stan­well said the pipe­line had now been fixed.

“It has also car­ried out re­pairs to the Wiven­hoe pipe­line. The pipe­line was built to man­age sup­ply risks from Boon­dooma Dam, which was orig­i­nally built for the Tarong Power Sta­tion,” the spokesper­son said.

“As the level of Boon­dooma Dam has now in­creased to ap­prox­i­mately 53 per cent and Wiven­hoe Dam is a much more ex­pen­sive source of wa­ter, there are no cur­rent plans for Tarong Power Sta­tion to source wa­ter from Wiven­hoe Dam.”

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

WATCH­ING: Dave Innes, Blade McKen­zie, Mark Pos­tle and Matthew Pos­tle want the Boyne River sit­u­a­tion to be fully ad­dressed.

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