IRRIGATING: Farmers who irrigate their crops have plenty to gain from managing the channel irrigation schemes themselves.
IRRIGATING: Farmers who irrigate their crops have plenty to gain from managing the channel irrigation schemes themselves.

Bundy canegrowers back irrigation scheme move

BUNDABERG Canegrowers has welcomed moves to establish local management committees for the region's channel irrigation schemes.

Government body SunWater advertised in newspapers last week calling for expressions of interest for local people to join interim boards and register their interest in the local management of irrigation schemes.

Local Management Arrangements Project independent chairwoman Leith Boully said the plan followed calls from growers' groups.

"This project potentially has enormous benefits for irrigators and the state," Ms Boully said.

"This is a golden opportunity for local communities to take control of their own schemes, instead of having them managed from Brisbane."

Bundaberg Canegrowers chairman Allan Dingle agreed with Ms Boully's sentiments and said the area's irrigators had plenty to gain from managing the schemes themselves.

"There are some cost savings to be had and significant benefits in controlling our own distribution system," Mr Dingle said.

He said it was important for growers and irrigators to make their support of the plan known.

"At the present time there is a feasibility study being looked into," he said.

"They are looking for board members to see if it's viable."

A proposal will be submitted to the government in November with a decision expected on whether to proceed to local management in the first part of next year.

To lodge an expression of interest in the interim boards visit www.lmairrigation.com.au or email the team on info@lmairrigation.com.au.



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