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Water Feasibility Study

  • 26-06-20 Update - Burnett Water Feasibility Study

    Recap of purpose, scope of study and deliverables

    Late last year Council announced the commencement of the long awaited $2 million National Water Infrastructure Development Fund – Burnett Water Feasibility Study. The study aims to identify the long-term water needs of the region and develop a shortlist of potential options for meeting those needs.  It will recommend solutions which have the potential to increase the total volume of water available and/or improve water security for irrigators, businesses and our towns.

    This update provides information on recent progress and invites the residents of the South Burnett region to participate in upcoming community sessions to help ensure our water future. 

    Timeline

    The initial study is a strategic business case which will clarify the challenges and opportunities relating to water and will develop a long list of possible water projects. The draft strategic business case will be available in March 2020. Consultation with major water users has commenced and in late March, Jacobs will consult with the community and all water users on this draft business case to ensure they have the right information and give community members an opportunity to share their knowledge and ideas.

    Consultation results, including your views and feedback, will be considered and used to support subsequent development of a preliminary business case, which is intended for completion by July 2020 and represents the conclusion of the currently funded work. This second stage of the study will develop a short-list of preferred options for the North and South Burnett Council areas. In developing the short list, consideration will be given to the technical feasibility, concept design, cost and social, economic and environmental assessments. Further consultation will occur during development of the preliminary business case.

    Although it is beyond the scope of the current study, assuming that potentially viable options are identified and funding is available, the next major step would be the development of detailed business cases for one or two shortlisted options from each council area. This process would consider and/or develop engineering designs, construction and operation costings, water pricing, environmental and social matters and details of who would build, own and operate any new infrastructure. Decisions about progressing the detailed business cases will take place once the preliminary business case is completed and the short list of potential options is available. 

    Update on progress of the project to date

    On behalf of South Burnett Regional Council, Mayor Brett Otto is pleased to announce the first stage of the $2 million Water Feasibility Study for the Burnett region is now complete.

    Mayor Otto explained, “The initial Strategic Business Case has identified our strong regional potential to develop our economy and make a more significant contribution to Queensland’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The Business Case provides a road map for the development of water infrastructure that is needed to open up our region’s potential for agricultural and industrial development, along with population growth.”

    “Even if all our existing dams were full, we do not have enough water to grow the economy and bring more jobs into the region. We need to increase the total volume of water allocation available in the South Burnett, which will bring growth and enhance liveability for the region.”

    Jacobs were engaged to complete the feasibility study, and have consulted with 45 groups and individuals in order to identify a long list of promising options to meet the region’s key water needs.

    “Some of the identified key options in the South Burnett include constructing the Barlil weir, sourcing water from Wivenhoe Dam for Blackbutt irrigators, and increasing water scheme reliability and converting Gordonbrook Dam to irrigation use, subject to additional water been purchased from Boondooma Dam. These are exciting and region transforming options, which could enhance urban and rural liveability and economic potential for generations,” Mayor Otto said.

    “Council wants to further engage with the community as we work together to progress the next stage of the feasibility study. Currently, Council is working in partnership with the steering group to discuss how viable projects may progress through further options analysis and create a road map of economic development opportunities to be further developed.”

    Mayor otto said, “This study has been a great opportunity for our region, and Council continues to work in partnership with other stakeholders to ensure we receive great outcomes. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions Council was required to cut some of our face to face engagement however, we were able to work around it. Jacobs will be back in the region soon and are keen to hear your feedback on the first stage of the initial strategic business case and the proposed future outcomes.”

    The strategic business case is now available on Council website and all residents and interested parties are invited to the Project Update Evening and presentation of the completed Strategic Business Case, being held at the Kingaroy Town Hall on Wednesday 8 July 2020 at 5:30pm or alternatively via a later Skype teleconference on Thursday 9 July 2020. In order to ensure compliance with COVID-19 protocols, Council asks that you register your attendance by emailing your contact details or alternatively call Council’s Customer Contact team on (07) 4189 9100.

    Mayor Otto concluded with, “I would like to thank every person from our region for taking an interest in the Burnett Water Feasibility Study, I look forward to continuing to work with you for our water future and delivering a great result for the South Burnett Region.”

    To stay up to date with the Burnett Water Feasibility Study, please visit Council's website - Water Feasibility Study page.

    To view the Burnett Water Feasibility Study Project Update Evening & Release of Strategic Business Case flyer, click here.

  • 20-12-19 Mayoral Launch of the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund Study in the South Burnett 

    STATEMENT FROM SOUTH BURNETT REGIONAL COUNCIL MAYOR KEITH CAMPBELL

    It is my great pleasure to announce that the long awaited $2 million water feasibility study for the Burnett region has now commenced. South and North Burnett Regional Councils have together secured National Water Infrastructure Development Fund (NWIDF) funding to identify the long-term water needs of the region and assess options for meeting those needs. 

    The study aims to identify water supply options that have the potential to improve the reliability of existing supplies for towns, business and irrigated agriculture in the Burnett, to boost the economic dynamics in the region and to underpin future investment. The study will directly focus on identifying possible options to increase water availability for our region and also on key projects that may be able to improve the reliability of existing allocations.

    Even if all our existing dams were full, we do not have enough water to maximise the potential growth of the region’s economy and bring more jobs to our communities.  Increasing the availability of water in the South Burnett, will also enhance the social wellbeing and liveability of our communities.

    By mid-2020, this phase of the study – the strategic and preliminary business case – will generate a short list of the most promising water infrastructure and related options to meet the region’s key water needs. From there, the preferred options for each council area will be progressed to future phases including more detailed design and cost estimates, expected to be complete by late 2020/early 2021.

    This study will build on the water agenda led by Council in the past two to three years and follows on from our previous work with the community to engage in water futures.  This study has the potential to change the economic dynamics of the South Burnett, to enhance water security for current users, create agricultural initiatives, build new industrial opportunity and encourage future urban growth. The study will identify the most promising water infrastructure solutions and increase our chances of a real project being funded and constructed in the region.

    The feasibility study will be coordinated in partnership between South Burnett Regional Council, North Burnett Regional Council, Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, and Sunwater. We were recently pleased to announce that Jacobs has been appointed as our lead consultant for the study and has extensive experience across this field.

    We are excited that the water agenda has become prominent at all levels of government. This feasibility study is one of three critical and concurrent projects that will help to shape our future water strategies.

    Two other studies are also progressing at present, exploring water options in the region. Sunwater is undertaking its Regional Blueprint on the opportunities and potential responses within the Burnett Basin over November 2019 to mid 2020, while Building Queensland is investigating long-term options related to Paradise Dam over the period to February/March 2020. As each of these studies will engage key stakeholders, coordination between the three project teams will be undertaken to ensure the exchange of learnings of mutual interest.

    View a graphical depiction of the various processes iinvolved here.

    Community engagement and participation will be a pillar for the NWIDF study and Jacobs has been asked to engage with major water users who are seeking access to more reliable water. Jacobs will conduct a series of multi layered stakeholder engagement meetings and workshops consisting of one-on-one interviews and small group meetings with current high volume water users, as well as a series of public meetings and workshops within our region for all current and future water users. This detailed stakeholder engagement commenced in December and will continue into the first half of 2020.

    The primary goal of these engagements is to understand how much water is needed considering potential costs of water, where it needs to be delivered, when and the enterprises it will strengthen.

    To make this happen, I invite you to take the journey with us and register your interest by emailing your contact details to Council. Alternatively, please call South Burnett Regional Council on (07) 4189 9100 and register your interest with our Customer Service team.

    Jacobs also welcomes any information that you may have in relation to possible projects and, in particular, any future drivers to create significant demand for bulk water.  Jacobs will contact you to organise a face-to-face meeting to understand the volume of your demand, the enterprise/s it would support, the geographical location of that demand and your preferred timing.

    I would like to thank everyone from our region for taking an interest in the Burnett Water Feasibility Study, I look forward to working with you for our water future.

    Keith Campbell

    MAYOR

  • Community engagement and participation will be a pillar for the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund (NWIDF) study and Jacobs has been asked to engage with major water users who are seeking access to more reliable water. Jacobs will conduct a series of multi layered stakeholder engagement meetings and workshops consisting of one-on-one interviews and small group meetings with current high volume water users, as well as a series of public meetings and workshops within the South Burnett region for all current and future water users. 

    Jacobs also welcomes any information that you may have in relation to possible projects and, in particular, any future drivers to create significant demand for bulk water.  Jacobs will contact you to organise a face-to-face meeting to understand the volume of your demand, the enterprise/s it would support, the geographical location of that demand and your preferred timing.

    The primary goal of these engagements is to understand how much water is needed considering potential costs of water, where it needs to be delivered, when and the enterprises it will strengthen.

    You can register to participate in the study by completing the below Registration Form, providing information on how much water you need, where it needs to be delivered, and how it will be used. Please save and forward your completed form by email, mail to PO Box 336 Kingaroy Qld 4610, or drop it in to your local Customer Service Centre.  Alternatively, please call South Burnett Regional Council on (07) 4189 9100 and register your interest with our Customer Service team.

    Click here to fill out a Burnett Water Feasibility Study Registration Form

  • DATE ACTION STAKEHOLDERS LINK
    31/10/2019 Program Introduction Meeting DNRME , SBRC, NBRC, Jacobs, Sunwater N/A
    25/11/2019 Study Initiation and Scope Meeting Jacobs & SBRC N/A
    26/11/2019 Study Initiation and Scope Meeting Jacobs & SBRC  N/A
    09/12/2019 Commence Jacobs Engagement with South Burnett major water users Jacobs & major water users N/A
    10/12/2019 Jacobs Engagement with South Burnett major water users Jacobs & major water users N/A
    17/12/2019 Mayoral Launch of National Water Infrastructure Development Fund Study  SBRC Link to Media Release
    30/01/2020 Update - Water Feasibility Study SBRC Link to Media Release
    12/02/2020 South Burnett Investment Logic Workshop DNRME , SBRC, NBRC, Jacobs, & Sunwater N/A
    12/02/2020 Jacobs engagement with SBRC urban water supply planning team Jacobs & SBRC N/A
    12/02/2020 South Burnett Public Information and Registration Evening - Kingaroy RSL Jacobs, SBRC & public Link to Flyer
    13/02/2020 Jacobs Engagement with South Burnett major water users Jacobs, SBRC & major water users N/A
    16/03/2020 South Burnett engagement workshop – Murgon RSL Jacobs, SBRC & public Link to Flyer
    17/03/2020 South Burnett engagement workshop – Blackbutt Town Hall Jacobs, SBRC & public Link to Flyer
    18/03/2020 South Burnett engagement workshop – Kingaroy Town Hall Jacobs, SBRC & public Link to Flyer
    April (TBC) Project Steering Group Review DNRME , SBRC, NBRC, Jacobs, Sunwater N/A

     Please Note: Additional activities are concurrently in progress including Sunwater Blueprint and Paradise Dam Study. Further dates are to be released upon review of progress and confirmation by steering committee.

Boondooma Dam, Water
Irrigation, Farm, Crop

The study is a partnership between South Burnett Regional Council, North Burnett Regional Council,

Dept of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy & SunWater.