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Frequently Asked Questions

What project is Bowen River Utilities building?

Bowen River Utilities, previously the Urannah Water Scheme, will provide much needed water security for North Queensland with a proposed 970,000 ML dam to be built at Urannah, pipeline corridors to Moranbah and Proserpine, a master-planned irrigation scheme for agricultural use and a pumped hydro scheme which will lower the cost of electricity in North Queensland.

Why does North Queensland need these projects?

Bowen River Utilities will provide much needed water security for the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday regions and their growing populations.

At least 30 active projects and 71 new local projects which are currently in need of water will become viable with the help of the projects being delivered by Bowen River Utilities.

Affordable water will become readily available to local industry and farmers will have access to the water they need to grow high-value crops.

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.

How will this project delivery water security?

The Urannah Dam will have a capacity of 970,000 ML, which is almost 52% of the capacity of the Burdekin Falls Dam, taking up less than 20% of the land area.  The dam will provide up to 150,000 ML of water per year.

Where are the Bowen River Utilities projects?

The project will be located adjacent to the Bowen Basin in North Queensland.

The dam and hydro-electric scheme will be situated 50km from Collinsville in a high rainfall area and two pipelines will deliver water to Proserpine and Moranbah.

Who supports the project?

The project proponent is 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.

What stage is the project up to?

The Queensland Coordinator General released the Draft Terms of Reference for public consultation on 30 November 2020. All interested parties are invited to make a submission via the website of the Coordinator General. Submission will be accepted by the Coordinator General in the prescribed from via the website until 5pm on 29 January 2021.


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