The fertile Callide Valley supports a wide range of agricultural produce.
A number of large industries are supported by Callide and Kroombit Dams.
Lake Callide is located 12 kilometres from Biloela via sealed road and approximately 90 kilometres south-west of Gladstone via the Dawson Highway.
History (information taken from http://www.sunwater.com.au/ )
Callide Dam was constructed in 1965 with the capacity of the dam increased with the construction of a second stage in 1988. Coal mining, beef production, power generation, dryland cropping and irrigation cropping such as lucerne and cotton are the Shire’s major industries.
Uses of Water
Irrigation water is supplied from groundwater reserves in the valley to irrigated agriculture including dairy, winter and summer cereal cropping and lucerne.
Urban Water Supplies
The Banana Shire Council draws water from the Callide Dam for the township of Biloela.
SunWater supplies water to a number of large industries located in the Callide Valley including the Callide Power Station and a meatworks.
Water is released from Callide (136,700 ML) and Kroombit dams (14,600 ML) to downstream controlling structures, from which water percolates into the underlying aquifers. Water is supplied to the majority of customers in the valley from these aquifers.
While compact, the Callide Dam provides visitors with rewarding fishing – especially for golden perch (yellowbelly) and has in recent times been well stocked with barramundi. Red-claw is abundant and it’s well worth placing (tagged) traps for a catch of the tasty crayfish. A variety of other freshwater species are available to you and anglers report good success from bank fishing though the boat ramps make this an ideal spot for to launch a boat and follow the fish with a sounder.
Both irrigation and dry land farming operates in the Callide Valley. Crops include Wheat; Sorghum; Lucerne; Cotton; Mung Beans; Chick Peas; & Herbs
Beef production flourishes in this environment and the beef industry is supported by the operation of Teys Bros Pty Ltd located on the outskirts’ of Biloela. Teys Biloela employs employees; and is actively involved in resettlement of refugees to stabilize the workforce.
www.teysaust.com.au/teys-australia/sites Ph: 07 49921888.
The Biloela Saleyards holds auctions on a regular basis. The Saleyards are located on the corner of Callide Street and Quarrie Road, opposite the Callide Valley Agricultural and Pastoral Showgrounds.
The Gourmet Garden Herb Hub; www.gourmetgarden.com
Callide Valley Farmers are the backbone of Gourmet Garden; and this industry
is the newest of primary industries for the Callide Valley.
The majority of our herbs are grown around Biloela, in central Queensland, which has the optimal growing conditions for green leafy herbs. Gourmet Garden products are now sold internationally; but available everywhere as Gourmet Garden.
Aussie Squab Pty Ltd: The squab industry in Central Queensland is now a thriving industry offering would-be producers or investors the opportunity to become involved in a well established, sound, proven and profitable enterprise with excellent prospects for future development and expansion. Growers around Biloela and Thangool. In 2010 an abattoir was established and continues to function today; delivering squab to the Sydney Chinese restaurants. Opportunities currently exist for those who would consider becoming involved in this industry. For further information and contacts: http://www.aussiesquab.com.au/index.htm
Callide Power Station: CS Energy http://www.csenergy.com.au
The Callide Power Station is situated 18 kilometres east of Biloela in central Queensland and uses coal-fired power generation to supply baseload electricity to Australia’s national grid. Callide Power Station is comprised of Callide A, B and the Callide Power Plant (Callide C).
Callide A, now decommissioned; was originally constructed in 1965, & was refurbished and recommissioned in April 1998, and was the site of the world leading low emissions coal demonstration research project. http://www.csenergy.com.au/content-(43)-callide-oxyfuel-project.htm
Callide B Power Station was commissioned in 1988 and continues to supply reliable electricity to Australia’s national market; with 210 employees.
The 810-megawatt (MW) Callide Power Plant (Callide C) was commissioned in 2001, doubling the generating capacity of the Callide site. Callide C was the first supercritical coal-fired power station in Australia. CS Energy owns Callide C in a 50/50 joint venture arrangement with InterGen.
Together Callide A, B and C can generate up to 1,630 megawatts of electricity, which is enough to power about 2 million homes.
Callide Mine Batchfire Resources Pty Ltd https://www.batchfire.com.au
Callide Coal Mine is an open cut mining operation providing low sulphur, sub-bituminous thermal coal primarily for Queensland’s domestic power generation and Alumina Refining.
Callide Mine in the Callide Basin, Central Queensland, 20 kilometres north east of Biloela adjacent to the Callide Power Station; and 120 kilometres south west of the expanding port of Gladstone. Conventional open cut mining methods are employed, using two large draglines, haul trucks and excavators fleets.
The 2011-15 saleable production at Callide averaged 7.5Mtpa, supplying domestic and export customers.
LEASE SIZE: 180 square kilometres.The Mining Tenure covers approximately 180km2 containing a coal resource of up to 1.7 Billion tonnes.
HISTORY: Mining commenced in 1944 when Thiess Bros amalgamated several leases held by various owners into the one mining company.
After more than 40 years of operation by Anglo America; Batchfire Resources Pty Ltd bought the mine in 2016. Batchfire Resources are currently working towards securing approval for the Boundary Hill South project which, if approved, will be managed as part of the Callide operation. The existing Boundary Hill operation has a limited life span with resources expected to be exhausted by early 2018. The successful approval and construction of the Boundary Hill South project will allow the mine to continue to provide local employment opportunities for local business and maintain continuous coal supply to our existing customers.
Callide mine aims to maintain a sustainable environment and exceeds the high standards expected by the community and regulators.
Queensland Nitrate Plant Moura:
Queensland Nitrates’ fully integrated ammonium nitrate facility west if Biloela on the Dawson Highway; near Moura in Central Queensland; is designed to produce 210,000 tonnes per year of explosive grade ammonium nitrate, and provides a strategic resource to help sustain the competitiveness of Queensland’s mining industry.
Queensland Nitrate Pty Ltd (QNP) is a standalone 50/50 joint venture by Dyno Nobel and CSBP (Wesfarmers). Dyno Nobel was acquired by Incitec Pivot Pty Ltd in 2008.
The QNP plant comprises three core state of the art process units, with an additional emulsion plant run by Dyno Nobel:
– Ammonia Plant: 254 tonnes per day of Ammonia for the manufacture of ammonium nitrate. All ammonia produced by QNP is used on site.
– Nitric Acid Plant: 525 tonnes per day of nitric acid is produced for the production of ammonium nitrate.
– Ammonium Nitrate Plant: Two ammonium nitrate products are produced onsite, prilled ammonium nitrate and ansol (liquid ammonium nitrate used for the production of emulsion), All of QNP’s products are for the coal mining industry.
The QNP facility employs 75 full time personnel with many people having jobs involved with all three core plants.