Irrigators to vote on scheme
Farmers asked to decide if they want to own channel supply system
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.