Granite Belt unallocated surface water release (Accommodation Creek and Pike Creek)

The release of unallocated water has now closed.

We are currently assessing the tender applications we received for unallocated water in the Granite Belt area.

Some 1,060 megalitres in surface water allocations were offered to water users downstream of the proposed Emu Swamp Dam site and into the upper and middle Pike Creek catchment.

The water being released includes overland flow water and watercourse water from the:

  • Severn River (below Ballandean)
  • Accommodation Creek
  • Bald Rock Creek
  • Back Creek
  • upper and middle reaches of Pike Creek
  • Fifteen Mile Creek
  • Maryland Creek.

Tender assessment process

The tender application process ran from 2 February until 5pm, 12 March 2021. The application period is now closed and no further applications will be received.

We are assessing all applications against the eligibility requirements and evaluation criteria listed in the terms of release (PDF, 1.6MB).

The price paid per megalitre will be determined by the lowest successful bid above the set confidential reserve price.

Purpose of the water release

We are releasing additional water allocations to give water users in the area the resources they need to grow their business, create new jobs and recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

By allocating water from reserves before any significant rainfall event, we are ensuring that businesses and irrigators are able to benefit from future wet seasons.

This water has been accounted for in the water planning process and is therefore within the sustainable limits for extraction from the system during the times of water flow.

Contact us

To discuss the tender process with us, phone 13 74 68 or email

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