Dr Anthony Lynham


Emerald locals take charge of water

Water Local Management Arrangements

5 July, 2019 –

Water management and its allocation for the Emerald region is now in the hands of those who know it best – Emerald locals.

But they won’t be going it alone.

The Palaszczuk Queensland Government is providing local authorities with $2.5 million to operate Emerald’s irrigation channels down-stream from Fairbairn Dam.

Following years of consultation and collaborative work, Emerald’s irrigators and agricultural industry now have full control of their local channel irrigation scheme, including its pump stations, 126 kilometres of channels, pipeline and weir infrastructure.

Local company Fairbairn Irrigation Network Limited will be responsible for distributing 86,000 megalitres of water to around 150 customers – supporting a wide variety of agriculture in the Emerald region such as cotton, citrus, cereals, pecans and grapes.

The Fairbairn Irrigation Network has a board of local irrigators and independent directors all of whom have a direct interest in the region’s water being put to its best possible use.

For more on Local Management Arrangements (LMA) for SunWater’s irrigation channels, visit: www.lmairrigation.com.au