Ir­ri­ga­tors to vote on scheme

Farm­ers asked to de­cide if they want to own chan­nel sup­ply sys­tem

Isis Town and Country - - News -

MORE than 800 ir­ri­ga­tors in the Isis and Bund­aberg re­gions have been asked to make a de­ci­sion: whether they sup­port a pro­posal to own and man­age the chan­nel ir­ri­ga­tion scheme owned by Sun Wa­ter.

The scheme is one of eight Queens­land chan­nel schemes the State Govern­ment is con­sid­er­ing for lo­cal man­age­ment ar­range­ments.

In June last year, Min­is­ter for Wa­ter Sup­ply Mark McAr­dle ap­pointed chairs to in­terim boards in each area to in­ves­ti­gate if the ir­ri­ga­tion as­sets could be more ef­fi­ciently run by ir­ri­ga­tors.

The Bund­aberg-Isis board will meet to­mor­row and Wed­nes­day to gauge the sup­port of scheme cus­tomers, be­fore sub­mit­ting its busi­ness pro­pos­als for govern­ment con­sid­er­a­tion.

Bund­aberg-Isis In­terim Board chair­man Mau­rie Maughan said a strong ar­gu­ment could be mounted for the chan­nel scheme to be trans­ferred to ir­ri­ga­tor own­er­ship and man­age­ment.

“We re­ally en­cour­age all cus­tomers to make the time and come and talk about the busi­ness pro­posal that we have pre­pared for govern­ment to con­sider trans­fer­ring the ir­ri­ga­tion as­sets to ir­ri­ga­tor own­er­ship and man­age­ment,” Mr Maughan said.

“We need to be able to sat­isfy govern­ment that a strong ma­jor­ity of ir­ri­ga­tors sup­port the move for our pro­posal to be suc­cess­ful.”

Mr Maughan said ir­ri­ga­tors should have al­ready re­ceived their bal­lot pa­pers, and urged them all to ex­er­cise their voting rights.

“It’s up to the ir­ri­ga­tors to de­cide what they want to hap­pen,” he said.

“I re­ally want all the ir­ri­ga­tors to stop and think about what they want, and vote ac­cord­ingly.”

Mr Maughan said the 850 ir­ri­ga­tors had un­til to­mor­row to vote.

“All we can do is give them the op­por­tu­nity to vote and let them ex­er­cise their right.”

A meet­ing was held at the Childers based Isis Cul­tural Cen­tre yes­ter­day, af­ter the Isis Town and Coun­try went to print. The out­come of the meet­ing will be pub­lished in next week’s edi­tion of the Isis Town and Coun­try.

For a sum­mary of the in­terim board’s pro­posal and more about the LMA project go to www.lmair­ri­ga­tion.com.au.

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