Regional Water Supply Scheme

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The $180 million Regional Water Supply Scheme involves linking the Clarence Valley and Coffs Harbour bulk water supplies to meet the demand for water in the region up to and beyond 2030.

Two key elements make up the Regional Water Supply Scheme - A 'non-build' Water Efficiency Program and a $180 million 'build' Project which includes:

  • a 30,000ML off-stream storage at Shannon Creek.

  • 87km of underground pipeline distribution system linking the Nymboida River to the Reservoirs at South Grafton, the Shannon Creek Storage near Coutts Crossing and Karangi Dam at Coffs Harbour - all completed by late 2006.

  
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​Bulk raw water can be obtained from Clarence Valley Council, via the Regional Water Supply Scheme pipeline, from the Nymboida River or Shannon Creek Dam as a source of water for Coffs Harbour City Council residents. 

If necessary, Coffs Harbour City Council can also provide water via the same pipe network by gravity back to residents of Clarence Valley Council.

 Regional Water Supply Scheme Map 2018.pdf

  

​Shannon Creek Dam is located west of the village of Coutts Crossing and can hold 30,000 million litres of water (30,000 Megalitres). The purpose of Shannon Creek Dam is to:

  • Ensure the flow of water during dry periods in the Nymboida River and Orara River, protecting the ecology of these rivers.
  • Be filled with water from the Nymboida River during high flow periods.
  • Supply stored water to Clarence Valley Council and Coffs Harbour City Council during drought periods when water levels in the Nymboida River, Orara River or Karangi Dam are low.
  • Supply stored water to Clarence Valley Council and Coffs Harbour City Council when water from the Nymboida River or Orara River becomes excessively dirty (turbid) during times of flood.

Visit Shannon Creek Dam

Generally, Shannon Creek Dam is open to the public from Thursday – Sunday from 9:00am – 3:00pm. The dam will also be open on Public Holidays except Good Friday and Christmas Day.

However, it is advisable to phone Clarence Valley Council on (02) 6643 0200 prior to embarking on any trip to Shannon Creek Dam to confirm the facility is open on the day you plan to visit, as it may be shut from time to time for operational or public safety reasons, ie. in the event of bushfire.

  
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  • BBQs

  • Picnic tables

  • Toilets

  • Car parking

  • Viewing area at top of Dam wall

  • Information boards

  

​Please Note: as the prime function of Shannon Creek Dam is to provide a safe and secure water supply for the Clarence Valley and Coffs Harbour communities, you can assist in protecting our drinking water quality during your visit by abiding by the following rules:

  • NO lighting of fires
  • NO camping
  • NO fishing
  • NO swimming
  • NO boating
  • NO pets
  • please do NOT feed the wildlife
  • please use rubbish bins provided or take your rubbish with you (no-one likes to visit a littered site)
  • please consider neighbours and residents in the surrounding communities when travelling to and from Shannon Creek Dam
  

From Coffs Harbour:

  1. Head west on the Orara Way through the villages of Karangi, Coramba, Nana Glen and Glenreagh.

  2. When you get to the "T" intersection of Orara Way and Armidale Road (about 36km past Glenreagh), turn left onto Armidale Road.

  3. Follow Armidale Road towards the village of Coutts Crossing. Just before entering Coutts Crossing, take the first right onto Geregarow Road.

  4. Continue along Geregarow Road until you see the signs for Shannon Creek Dam and turn left into Shannondale Road (nearly 5km).

  5. Follow Shannondale Road through the gates of Shannon Creek Dam. Please watch for wildlife along this road.

  6. Drive up to the picnic area and the viewing area at the top of the Dam wall.

Background

The population of the Clarence Valley and Coffs Harbour region, which will be served by the water supply, is expected to more than double in the next 50 years.

The water supply schemes that now service the Clarence Valley and Coffs Harbour needed to be upgraded to ensure a reliable and secure bulk water supply during periods of drought.