Local management arrangements for SunWater irrigation channels
In response to concerns raised by local irrigators, the Queensland Government has been reviewing transitioning SunWater's 8 channel irrigation schemes to local management arrangements, where local irrigators would own and operate the schemes.
Local ownership of the irrigation, if viable, will mean a system that is specifically tailored to the needs of the region and will provide benefits to the community.
The Water (Local Management Arrangements) Amendment Act 2017 to facilitate the transition commenced on 1 July 2017.
A detailed assessment was made of the benefits and support of a move to a local management arrangement, with interim boards established for each scheme putting forward a business case. As a result of this assessment, the government has decided to proceed with the transition in some cases, while others will require additional investigation.
Transitions - St George, Theodore, Emerald and Eton
The St George scheme has transitioned to local management on the 30th June 2018.
The Theodore scheme transitioned on 2 October 2018.
If agreement can be reached on the final terms of the transfer and there is sufficient customer support, then the Emerald and Eton schemes may transition later in the financial year.
For more information visit LMA irrigation channel schemes.
Transition scheme boards
Emerald: Anne Marie O’Callaghan (Acting Chair), David McDougall, Peter Galea, Ross Burnett, Hamish Millar, Emma McCullagh.
Eton: Lee Blackburn (Chair), John Muscat, John Palmer, Josephine Prior, Tom Wallwork.
Further investigation - Bundaberg, Burdekin-Haughton, Lower Mary and Mareeba-Dimbulah
The investigation phase of local management was completed in December 2017.
In Bundaberg, Burdekin-Haughton, Lower Mary and Mareeba-Dimbulah, irrigators undertook additional work to prepare revised business proposals.
Bundaberg and Lower Mary formally withdrew from the local management process in 2017.
Burdekin-Haughton and Mareeba-Dimbulah have submitted revised business proposals which will inform our future decision on whether those schemes are suitable to transition to local management arrangements.
Email LMA@dnrme.qld.gov.au for more information.
Last updated 28 November 2018