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

The release of unallocated water has been finalised.

The tender applications we received for unallocated water in the Granite Belt area have now been finalised, offers made, and those who accepted offers have been granted licences.

1,000 megalitres in surface water licences were granted to water users downstream of the proposed Emu Swamp Dam site and into the upper and middle Pike Creek catchment.

The water released included 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

We assessed 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 released 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 this, or any other unallocated water release process, phone 13 74 68 or email

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