St George Successfully Transitions to Local Water Management

One down and more to come.

The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) has welcomed the transfer of the SunWater St George channel scheme to Mallawa Irrigation Ltd and congratulated the irrigator-owned company on its first official day of business.

Channel irrigation
QFF President Stuart Armitage welcomes the transition as the final step towards empowering the St George community to manage and grow irrigated agriculture in the local region.

“It has been a long, six-year process so far and we look forward to the successful transition of the Theodore, Emerald and Eton schemes should irrigators in those regions choose LMA.”

After St George channel irrigators accepted an offer for the channel assets to be transferred from SunWater in March 2018, Mallawa Irrigation Ltd has taken over ownership and management of the scheme and become the first significant Local Management Arrangement (LMA) in Queensland.

“This move gives local irrigators direct responsibility and control of key water infrastructure comprising of 112 kilometres of pipelines and channels, and distribution to around 50 customers irrigating 10,000 hectares of land.”

“Congratulations to Mallawa Irrigation Ltd, Chairman Luke Stower and the board for successfully managing the transition of operations and control from SunWater to local management.”

QFF has been advocating for the implementation of locally managed irrigation schemes and Mr Armitage says it’s now time for the government to continue to support these schemes.

“Support through joined up agricultural policies, including appropriate land use planning that has challenged the viability of some schemes across the state.”