QUEENSLAND irrigators have a chance to show how their irrigation schemes can be managed locally and sustainably as the investigation of future options for SunWater's channel irrigation schemes gets under way.
The Queensland Farmers' Federation and its members have advocated strongly for the local management approach to regional irrigation schemes, specifically following a recent review of SunWater's water prices by the Queensland Competition Authority.
There are now advertisements seeking expressions of interest to join interim boards in the Bundaberg, Burdekin, Emerald, Eton, Lower Mary, Mareeba, St George and Theodore schemes.
Each interim board will have at least five members, including the chair.
Two members will be independent or non-irrigators.
Nominations close on May 8.
The interim boards' role will be to develop business proposals that demonstrate how local management arrangements are in the long-term interests of irrigators and the state of Queensland and that they align with the government's commitment to growth in the agricultural sector.
The business proposals will be submitted by November.
A government decision on whether local management should proceed is expected in the first part of next year.
For more information visit lmairrigation.com.au or phone (07) 3405 0356.
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