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What is Bowen River Utilities?

Bowen River Utilities is an experienced project team who are working to deliver the Urannah Water Scheme, Collinsville Irrigation project and the Bowen Renewable Energy Hub.

Our projects will create thousands of local jobs, ensure greater water security, deliver prime agricultural land, provide more affordable energy and countless flow on economic benefits for locals in Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac regions.

During construction almost 1200 jobs will be created and once the water scheme is operational there will be more than 650 new jobs for the region. Importantly, this Urannah Water Scheme will unlock additional projects in North and Central Queensland that need water to become viable.

This project will diversify the industrial economy and unlock at least 30 active and 71 new local projects which are currently in need of water.

The Bowen River Utilities projects are nation building projects which will support the Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac region communities as they continue to grow.

To ensure local engagement at every stage of the project we are in partnership with Bowen Collinsville Enterprise, a group of local business leaders and community advocates who are committed to economic growth in the region for the benefit of all North Queenslanders.

In May 2019, the Federal Government announced a $10 million grant for a detailed business case and Environmental Impact Statement, contributing a total of $37 million for the current proposal.

A preliminary business case has been completed and a detailed business case is currently underway.

Benefits for North Queensland


Almost 1200 new jobs
during construction


Increased water security
with a storage capacity of over
940,000 megalitres


Affordable electricity
1400mW hydro-power plant with 8 hours of storage


Largest renewable
baseload energy project
in Northern Australia


More than 52% of the capacity of Burdekin Falls Dam while covering
less than 20% of the land


Capacity to provide water to
Collinsville, Bowen,
Whitsunday and Moranbah


Deliver water security for
at least 30 active projects
and 71 new projects


Over 650 new jobs
when fully operational


Will supply water for up to
20,000 hectares
of future agricultural land


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