THE deadline for proposals on irrigator ownership and operation of Queensland's channel irrigation schemes has been extended until March 2014.
This extension, together with the release of the financial models for each scheme, will assist in the proper deliberation of local management.
The additional time has been welcomed by the eight interim boards, established to submit Business Proposals to the government, as it provides more time for them to consider the options and to better inform scheme customers of the pros and cons of local management.
Irrigators and their representative bodies have been calling for local management of the schemes for a long time.
The Queensland Government is now investing in serious investigation of the transfer of channel assets, operated by government-owned corporation, SunWater, in Bundaberg, Burdekin-Haughton, Emerald, Eton, Lower Mary, Mareeba-Dimbulah, St George and Theodore.
For further information on the project, or to contact an interim board, visit http://www.lmairrigation.com.au.
Or call 3405 0356 for contact details of your scheme chair or to speak to the LMA independent chair Leith Boully.