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Location map of SWMA Belyando / Suttor

Surface Water Management Area: Belyando / Suttor



The Belyando/Suttor SWMA has a catchment area of 73335 sq km and is the largest system within the Burdekin River Basin, comprising almost 60% of the total area.

Belyando River flows in a northerly direction to join the Suttor River in its lower reaches. It is bounded by the Great Dividing Range in the west with Denham and Drummond Ranges to the east.

Topography within the Belyando/Suttor sub- catchment differs markedly from other sub- catchments in the Burdekin Basin, lacking high mountain backdrops and representing a drier, typically semi-arid western landscape.

The mean annual rainfall within the SWMA ranges from 550mm in the southern, central and western plains areas, up to 750mm along the south-eastern and north-western margins of the SWMA.

Vital Statistics:

Area: 73,335 Km2
Total storage volume: no data
Total surface water use: 83,777 ML/yr
Development category: LOW DEVELOPMENT
Mean annual run-off: 2,861,000 ML/yr

A four-class classification system was developed to provide a simple method to communicate the status of the use and allocation of Australia's water resources in relation to sustainable water management.

It is important to recognise that adequately quantifying a sustainable flow regime or sustainable yield and consequent operating rules is a complex matter. State, Territory and scientific agencies continue to develop and apply methods and measures for determining sustainable flow regimes and sustainable yields.

This categorisation provides a general guide only. Please refer to the State and Territory Overview and Technical reports for detail on the analysis methods used.

CategoryDevelopment status
1<30% Low development
230 - 70% Moderate development
370 - 100% Highly developed
4100% Overdeveloped

* Water use as a percentage of sustainable flow regime (surface water) and sustainable yield (groundwater)


Sustainable Yield:

No sustainable yield studies are available for this SWMA.



No sustainable yield studies are available for this SWMA.

This SWMA has a low level of development. A Water Allocation Management Plan is currently being developed for this SWMA.

How saline are the surface water resources in the Belyando / Suttor surface water management area?

No data were available about the salinity of surface water resources in the Basin / SWMA for the Australian Water Resources Assessment 2000.

Major water storages

Table: Major water storage areas:

There were no major water storages reported in this area as part of the assessment

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