The Hells Gates Dam and Irrigation Scheme proposes a 2,100 GL dam in the Upper Burdekin catchment, approximately 120 km north-west of Townsville, and 124 km north of Charters Towers. The surrounding region is dominated by agriculture and natural resources.
The dam would serve as water storage for a proposed 50,000 Ha irrigation scheme situated downstream of the dam wall. The project would also include a run-of-river hydro-power station, and a solar farm.
The associated irrigation scheme comprises three irrigation districts (northern, central and southern), and will utilise water for broadscale agriculture and horticulture through a set of weirs located along the Burdekin River. The weirs, associated pipelines and pump stations would be built to provide downstream water storage for each section of the irrigation districts, with water drawn for irrigation purposes.
The Business Case will provide detailed investigation of: