Responsible Agency: SunWater
BQ Role: Lead business case
Proposal Stage of Development: Preliminary evaluation complete
Planned Stage End Date: N/A
Estimated Cost of Delivery: $190 million*
Date of Publication: June 2016 (for the period 3 December 2015 – 3 June 2016)


Burdekin Falls Dam is located 210 kilometres south east of Townsville on the Burdekin River. The dam is owned and operated by SunWater and comprises a mass gravity main dam and three earth and rock-fill saddle dams.

Since its construction in 1987, there have been changes to the dam safety standards and hydrological information. To reflect these changes, the dam needs improving to continue to meet current best practice standards.


SunWater proposes to undertake improvement works to the saddle dam and monoliths so the dam continues to meet current best practice standards. The works will address the saddle dam capacity and improve stability in the monoliths to improve performance in extreme weather, such as high rainfall.

SunWater regularly conducts dam improvement projects in line with national industry guidelines to maintain safe and efficient dam operation.


Commence Business Case.

* Nominal cost in Australian dollars 2015, estimate provided by Responsible Agency.