Following the irrigation price path announced in 2012, irrigators raised concerns about the long term sustainability of the existing SunWater irrigation channels. In response to these concerns the Government committed to investigate the possibility of SunWater's eight channel irrigation schemes transitioning to local management arrangements (LMA). Local management would place the channel irrigation schemes under the ownership and operation of local irrigators who benefited from the schemes.
A working group, including representatives from SunWater, irrigation peak bodies and local representatives was established to determine the interest in LMA.
A detailed assessment was made of the benefits and support of a move to a LMA. The governance arrangements included establishing:
The independent Chair of the stage 2 project released a public summary report (PDF) which outlines the findings and recommendations.
We have considered the business proposals from the interim boards, and the Chair's findings and recommendations from stage 2, and decided to proceed to the next stage of the project.
LMA Stage 3 consists of:
The board for each of the schemes are as follows:
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
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
The Water (Local Management Arrangements) Act 2017 to facilitate the transition commenced on 1 July 2017.