Water Tanks – Atherton Table
Atherton in the Central West region of Queensland, is a fertile plateau which is part of the Great Dividing Range in Queensland, Australia. It is located west to south-south-west inland from Cairns. Although it is in the tropical latitudes, its elevated position provides a climate suitable for dairy farming. It has an area of around 32,000 km2 with an altitude ranging between 500 and 1,280 m. The fertility of the soils in the region can be attributed to the volcanic origins of the land.
The principal river flowing across the plateau is the Barron River, which was dammed to form an irrigation reservoir named Lake Tinaroo. The water harvested into this dam is managed by Sun Water. Farmers in the North Queensland Atherton Tablelands area, reliant on surface water allocations from the Tinnaroo Dam catchment are facing the prospect of restrictions this year of between 42 and 50%. This situation has resulted from lower than expected inflows into the catchment and is likely to be a more frequent scenario in the future, due to climate variability in the region. Groundwater is also very hard to access in some areas, with no new licences being made available in the Atherton Groundwater Management area in the foreseeable future. This situation has made access to water for some farmers very constrained in the Tablelands, due to the need to protect the catchment from over extraction.
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