The Burnett WMA incorporates the catchments of five rivers: the Burnett, Kolan, Elliott, Isis and Gregory. The plan encompasses five different Water Supply Schemes: the Upper Burnett, Three Moon Creek, Barker/Barambah, Boyne River & Tarong and Bundaberg Water Supply Schemes. This area also covers four groundwater areas: Bundaberg, Monto, Cattle Creek GMUs and a large unmanaged area. The Bundaberg and Monto GMUs are actively managed, although they are not managed to a specific level while Cattle Creek is currently unmanaged.
Groundwater discharge is a major contributor to baseflow in the Elliott River and parts of the Gregory. Relative to surface water flow, the contribution of groundwater is insignificant in the Burnett and Kolan Rivers. There are two aquifers in the region – the Fairymead Beds (confined) and the Elliott Formation (unconfined).
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Management of Water Supply
Natural Resources and Water (QNRW) [http://www.nrw.qld.gov.au/] is the licensing authority responsible for un-supplemented surface water diversions and groundwater extractions. They develop and manage the Water Resource Plans and Resource Operation Plans
Sunwater is the bulk water supplier in the area. Sunwater manages the five Water Supply Schemes under Interim Resource Operation Licenses (IROLs) issued by QNRW.
The Tarong and Tarong North Power Stations source water from the Moreton catchment via a pipeline from Wivenhoe Dam. Cooling Tower Blowdown water is either discharged directly to Tarong Engergy’s Meandu Creek Dam or supplied to the nearby Tarong Mine owned by Rio Tinto Coal Australia. Excess water from the mine is discharged back to Meandu Creek Dam. Releases from Meandu Creek Dam supply downstream irrigators on Meandu Creek.
Equigold owns and operates the Perry River Weir at its Mt Rawdon Gold Mine. Local Government is responsible for retail water supply. Kingaroy Shire Council owns and operates Gordonbrook Dam and supplies Kingaroy from this source. All other LGAs in the area source water from Sunwater Water Supply Schemes.
Management of waterways
QNRW are responsible for waterway management upstream of the tidal zone including in stream and riparian works and extractions. The Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (QDPIF) are responsible for maintaining marine habitats, incorporating riparian works in the tidal zone. The Environmental Protection Agency (QEPA) are responsible for establishing environmental values and water quality objectives for waterways, licensing discharges and monitoring water quality.
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