Sugar and Water
We are receiving enquiries - "Why is the sugar in your region the sweetest in the world?", "Do you irrigate the cane?",
"Where does the water come from?"
This page is to help answer your questions. We decided not to repeat what is already on the web, but to find informative sites,
give a summary of the topics on the sites and point you in the right direction.
Over countless years, the Burdekin River has changed course many times. It has meandered over most of what is now called the Lower Burdekin or the Burdekin Delta.
The river left vast deposits of sand many metres deep. The sand fills with water which can be pumped for irrigation. This is the aquifer - the source of our "Liquid Gold".
South Burdekin Water Board
After you arrive at their site, place your cursor over the menu item “Water System´”. There is information about the aquifer, action to protect it and recharge it, and about irrigation.
A study of irrigation and the Burdekin aquifer. "Healthy Crop and Healthy Groundwater ľ Sugarcane in the Burdekin Delta.", (PDF 506KB)
The Burdekin River
Brief but comprehensive information about the River which brings us our "Gold"
The Burdekin Dam
Information about the Dam, fishing and boating. The Burdekin Dam - the "Bank" for our "Gold"
|BSES school pack|
|Answers to some common questions -|
|Australian Sugar Industry||Weather|
|Environmental Management||The Sugarcane Plant|
|Germination and Stool Establishment||Early Growth|
|Maturation and Ripening||Photosynthesis|
|Disease Management||Pest Management|
|Sugar Milling||24 page PDF 1.07MB, Link »|
|Australian Primary Industries|
|Some of the topics on their site -|
|Uses of sugar||By-products|
|Exporting including list of ports||Link »|
|See links under -
Supply Chain Solutions
|Australian sugar industry movie||About Ethanol|
|Sugarcane, paddock to plate||Our environmental focus|
|Biotechnology & GE sugarcane||Data & Statistics|
|About Carbon Trading & ETS
|When you arrive at their site, check - Industry Centre - About Australian Sugar (and others).|
Maps & Satellite Photos
The extent of sugar crops
Light Railway Research Society of Australia Inc.
Qld sugar cane railways today.
How we get the cane to the mills
Cotton trial crops
A promising new crop in the Burdekin Link »
A Burdekin farmer is successfully growing pumpkins at Mona Park after some changes to his irrigation methods.
Soybean and Cassava
Have you found a site with useful information about the crops and industries we have in Home Hill? We’d like to hear about it.
Did you find the information at these sites useful or interesting?