Proposed Urannah Dam

The proposed Urannah Dam project does not warrant the environmental destruction and risks to the land and rivers of Urannah, an area of highly sensitive Cultural and Environmental value of Eungella Hinterlands and surrounding areas of ecological importance.

This project has always been a great concern for the First Nations people, locals, farmers, environmentalists and scientists.

Currently local and State Governments are proposing a new Urannah Dam Proposal as applications for The Northern Australian White Paper are open.

Industry, mining, gas and agricultural expansion are increasing in demand for social and economical growth within the Bowen Basin region and surrounding areas.

We as the First Nation People are leading by example and we are supported by many people that are asking for more Environmental and Sustainable practices that dont sacrifice the very last highly sensitive ecology of Urannah which is adjacent to largest stretch of rainforest in the Southern Hemisphere which is Eungalla National Park.

When will they learn that you can’t take something of high value in exchange of something that is priceless, please help and support the fight to save the last untouched land and rivers of Urannah meaning Place of Water.


The proposed dam wall would be built between the two mountains on the right to flood the valley (plus more) in the foreground. Broken river is in the foreground. Photo by Ian Sutton.


Photo showing part of the valley that would be flooded with the proposed dam. This image is facing the opposite direction to the image above. By Jeff Tan

“We are the river people our river is sacred it is our life it gives us the connection to our land and the beginning of creation. It is our duty to protect our BIRI (river) against the rapid demand of water supplies to the Mining Industry in the Bowen Basin. Urannah Creek and Broken River are the last wild rivers in this country and the biodiversity and the environment is untouched.” Descendant Wiri and Birri people.

In the hidden valleys of Urannah flows the river systems of Urannah Creek, Broken River, Massey Creek. These rivers begin their journey from Eungella Hinterlands to the Little Bowen River to the Mighty Bowen River meeting the sea at the Mighty Burdekin. This river system is essential for all Birri Gaba people.

Urannah is part of the original homelands of the Wiri and Birri peoples of the Birri Gaba Nation. In 1998 through ILC (Indigenous Land Council) the Birri Gaba people bought the property. The title for the lease of Urannah is held in the office of the Urannah Properties Associations. Our family, belonging to the Birri and Wiri of the Birri Gaba Nation and other nations have resided at Urannah for 11 years. The Birri Gaba peoples rights and interests to these homelands still exist and is recognised by the ILC and UPA.

Our connection to homelands, our duty of care and responsibilities are important to our cultural identity and belonging. Sustaining our childrens’ spiritual connection to their homelands has driven our decision to commence a campaign to raise awareness and support for the Cultural and Environmental benefits of Urannah. Currently, the Local and State Governments are planning to build a dam at Urannah. The Native flora and fauna, whose habitats are threatened, have the same belonging and connection as our peoples to these homelands. Significant cultural heritage and protected sites are at risk. Entire eco-systems are at risk.

Preserving the Urannah homelands outweighs the proposed environmental destruction.

We are guardians of the environment with support from our elders, families, countrymen, friends, ancestors and homelands to uphold the lore, the rights and interests, of the land and protect all who reside on it.

We invite you to join us on our journey to keep Urannah pristine and safe for future generations. We welcome you to become involved in our campaign to let the Government know Urannah land and water is Sacred.

Water is sacred, water is life.






  • The proposal is to build the Dam wall between these two mountains. Photo by Jeff Tan
  • Broken River Urannah – Photo by Jeff Tan  


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