Local management arrangements for SunWater irrigation channels
In response to concerns raised by local irrigators, the Queensland Government has been looking into transitioning SunWater's 8 channel irrigation schemes to local management arrangements, where local irrigators would own and operate the schemes. 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, we have decided to proceed with the transition in some cases, while others will require additional investigation.
Transitions - Theodore, St George, Emerald and Eton
The Theodore, St George, Emerald and Eton water schemes will be transitioned to local management, subject to the irrigators and the government agreeing the final terms of the transfer, and there being sufficient support from scheme customers.
St George has reached agreement on the terms and conditions and has released an offer document to local irrigators which closes on 16 March 2018. 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.
St George: Luke Stower (Chair), David Moon, Glen Price, Ross Landsberg, Scott Armstrong.
Theodore: Malcom Finlayson (Chair), Ed Donohue, Greg Austin, Kirk Anderson, Peter French, Sarah Cox.
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.
Investigation scheme boards
Bundaberg: Maurice Maughan (Chair), Dale Holliss, Lynn Smart, Mark Mammino, Peter Burrows, Phillip Miller.
Burdekin-Haughton: Mario Barbagallo (Chair), Dan Coutts, Evan Shannon, Ian Davies, Mauro Garbuio, Peter Gilbey, Peter Hall.
Lower Mary: Geoffrey Wormwell (Chair), Allen Birt, Bernie Wilson, Stewart Norton, Trevor Dean, Warwick Yates.
Mareeba-Dimbulah: Joe Moro (Chair), Brett Stevenson, Graham Kirkwood, Maryann Salvetti, Murray Smith.
Email LMA@dnrme.qld.gov.au for more information.