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The monument commemorates the official opening of the Lower Mary River Irrigation Area in September 1988.

The scheme was initially developed to stabilise rural production through a reliable water supply. The project was approved in 1978 and construction commenced in 1980, finishing in late 1988.


Address:Woongool Road, Tinana, 4650
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -25.553508
Long: 152.684402
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Government


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 20th September, 1988
Left Side Inscription

Water Resources Commission

To commemorate the official opening of the Lower Mary River Irrigation Area

This plaque was unveiled at Owanyilla Pump Station on 20th September 1988 by the Hon. D. McC. Neal M.L.A. Minister of Water Resources and Maritime Services

In the presence of G. Alison M.L.A. Member for Maryborough

T. D. Fenwick B.E., F.I.E. Aust., L.G.E. Commissioner

Right Side Inscription

Water Resources Commission

Lower Mary River Irrigation Area

This scheme provides irrigation water supplies to sugar cane farms in the Maryborough area to minimise drought losses and increase production.  Water is obtained from the Mary River and Tinana Creek Barrages and supplied to Main Road, Copenhagen Bend, Walker Point and other areas adjacent to supply channels and storages.

Construction of the scheme commenced in 1980 and was completed in 1988 at a cost of $25.4 million, fully funded by the Queensland Government.

Design and construction authority - 

Water Resources Commission

Commissioner                         T. D. Fenwick, BE, FIEAust.
Deputy Commissioner             P. J. C. Bevin, BE, MIEAust.
Assistant Commissioners        M. M. Pegg, BE, MIEAust.
                                                 W. A. L. Webber, BE, ME, MIEAust.
                                                 W. N. Meredith, FCS, AASA.
Director Construction Division  J. K. C. Potts, BE, DQIT, MIEAust.
Director Irrigation Division         H. S. Ross, BE, FIEAust, AFAIM.
Director Design Division            R. C. L. Rogers, BE, BEcon, MIEAust.
Project Engineer                        R. G. Head, BEng (QIT),  MIEAust.

Source: MA
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