Bowen Broken Rivers

Past review
Final report

The Bowen Broken water supply scheme is located near the town of Collinsville.

This scheme has more than 50 bulk customers with both medium and high priority water access entitlements.

Not only does the scheme provide water for irrigation of farms in the area, but also for the mines, the Collinsville power station and the Eungella Water Pipeline.

In addition, it supplies the town of Collinsville/Scottsville, Glendon and Moranbah with water.

They are serviced by the Eungella Dam, which has a storage capacity of 112,400 ML.

The QCA’s recommended irrigation prices to apply to the Bowen Broken Rivers water supply
scheme for the 2012–17 regulatory period are outlined in the Executive Summary to our Final Report.
These recommendations were accepted by the Queensland Government, and the new price path came into effect on 1 July 2012.

This SunWater water scheme review forms part of the review that the QCA undertook in 2011–12 for the Queensland Government: the SunWater Irrigation Price Review 2012–17.

You can read more about the pricing review on our project home page.  You can also view the submissions for the water schemes that we received, the consultants’ reports and issues arising from face-to-face consultation with stakeholders.

We recommended a new irrigation price path, to apply from July 2012 to June 2017 – with prices moving in a direction that better reflect costs. For the majority of schemes, our recommended prices result in increases to fixed prices and reductions in usage prices.

The irrigation revenue earned by SunWater in some schemes does not cover the cost of operating and maintaining irrigation assets.  In these schemes, QCA could show the ‘cost-reflective’ price, but could only recommend prices that increased by up to $2/ML per year plus inflation.

The QCA’s recommended prices were accepted by the government.