South East Stage 1 Irrigation Scheme - Operational
The South-East Irrigation Scheme Stage One is based on the Craigbourne Dam on the Coal River approximately three kilometres south west of Colebrook. Completed in 1986, this roller compacted concrete dam retains 12,500ML of water when full.
The dam crest is 247m long and at full supply level the lake extends over about 200ha.
The dam supplies 2,650 ML of water annually to horticultural, viticultural, orchard and other high value uses in the Coal River Water District, which extends along the Coal River valley. The scheme has been the catalyst for the development of a range of agricultural enterprises in the region which have brought significant employment and economic benefits.
Together with the associated South East Irrigation Scheme Stage 2 (based on Daisy Banks Dam), the introduction of irrigation to the south east has enabled it to develop as a recognised wine region producing premium product. Fresh vegetable production, especially salad mix, and stone fruit are also major enterprises.
For further information please refer to the scheme overview which can be downloaded by clicking on the Docs/Forms/Contracts tab below.
- Water Orders
- Peter Rand (Scheme Operator)
- Justin Nichols (Irrigator Representative Committee, Chairperson)