Central Lockyer Valley Scheme

The scheme was established to support irrigation in dairy, vegetable and forage crops sectors following construction of various weirs from the 1940s to the 1980s, Bill Gunn Dam in 1988, Lake Clarendon in 1992 and the Morton Vale Pipeline in the mid-1990s.

Located east of Gatton, the scheme is supplied by Clarendon and Bill Gunn dams. Both are offstream storages filled by diverting water from nearby creeks during significant flow events.

The Central Lockyer Valley scheme supplies water for the Morton Vale Pipeline, recharges the groundwater areas adjacent to Lockyer Creek, and supplies downstream area-based surface-water entitlements.

The scheme is also located in the Clarendon Sub-artesian Area which is a benefitted groundwater area, with irrigators being licensed, metered and charged for their groundwater use.

Moreton Water Plan

The Water Plan (Moreton) (Supply Scheme Arrangements) Amendment Plan 2019 for the Central Lockyer Water Supply Scheme was finalised on Friday, 13 December 2019.

Read the Central Lockyer Valley water supply scheme operations manual.

Implications for irrigation prices when volumetric water allocations are granted.

Water supply contract

The Water Act 2000 requires that the holder of a water allocation in this scheme must have a supply contract with Seqwater. On the date a water allocation is registered, the water allocation holder and Seqwater will be taken to have entered into Seqwater’s published standard supply contract. You can download a copy of the Seqwater’s standard supply contract here:

When a water allocation is sold, the purchaser of the water allocation is required to enter into a water supply contract with Seqwater before the transfer of the water allocation is able to be completed. For further information please contact us at [email protected] or call 1300 737 928.

Scheme Performance Report

The annual Scheme Performance Report (SPR) - previously known as Network Service Report (NSP) - contains scheme information such as historical water usage information and covers both operating and renewals expenditure and future material renewal forecast expenditure. The current year annual SPR and prior year annual NSPs can be accessed via the links below.

Announced allocations

Water year:  1 January 2024 - 31 December 2024

Underground Water

  • Low priority A - All zones:  100%
  • Medium Priority A - All zones:  100%

Surface Water

  • Medium Priority C -
    • All zones - 55%

Morton Vale Pipeline

  • Medium Priority B - MVP:  100%

Underground Water & Morton Vale Pipeline Announced Allocations effective 1 January 2024 and applicable until 31 December 2024.

Surface Water Announced Allocations effective 1 April 2024 and will be applicable until revised by Seqwater.

Customers are encouraged to obtain information about their available water balances (ML) by calling their Irrigation Team on 1300 737 928 or email [email protected]

History of announced allocations

In development - to be supplied.

Operational Reports

Water trading

If you have entered into a contract of sale to purchase a water allocation (with or without land) and the water allocations are managed under a Resource Operations Licence held by Seqwater, then you will need to make application with Seqwater.  

Although Seqwater’s approval is not required for a permanent water allocation trade, the purchaser needs to enter into a water supply contract with Seqwater before Seqwater can provide the purchaser with a Notice of Existence of a Supply Contract form.  

The Queensland Titles office will not register the change of a water allocation without this form. Click here for our guide to the process for a permanent transfer of a water allocation. You will also need to complete the Permanent Transfer of Water Allocation Form.

Customers wishing to enter into seasonal assignments or temporary trades of water need to complete a Temporary Transfer Application Form.The local conditions are to be read in conjunction with the Seasonal Water Assignment (Temporary Transfer) Form. Completed forms may be returned by email to [email protected] or by post to PO Box 328, Ipswich QLD 4305.

Service standard

Individual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances such as:

  • whether your application has been lodged correctly and includes all the necessary supporting documents
  • the time it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided
  • whether there are any outstanding invoices.

Our standard processing time:

Seasonal Water Assignment: 10 business days

Water Supply Contract: 20 business days

Water year

The water year starts 1 January and ends 31 December.

Scheme map

Download the scheme map

Customer consultation

Seqwater holds customer consultation forums at least annually to consult on the network service plan and customer service standards as well as other Scheme issues that may arise from time to time.  Attendance at customer consultation forums is open to all irrigation customers of the Scheme and other stakeholders.

The date, time and location of the next consultation forum will be advised.

Service targets

Service targets for Central Lockyer Valley Water Supply Scheme may be accessed here.

From 2016-17, Seqwater will publish annual performance reports detailing our performance against each target.

Further information

For further information or if you have any questions please contact us at [email protected]