Maranoa River

Past review
Final report

The Maranoa River water supply scheme is located near the town of Mitchell in Central South Queensland.

The scheme operates as an on demand water supply with customers pumping directly from the Neil Turner Weir storage. It has a total of four bulk irrigation customers that hold 800ML of water entitlements.

The sole piece of infrastructure in the scheme is the Neil Turner Weir, a concrete-faced cascading structure on the Maranoa River, which was completed in 1984 and has a full supply storage capacity of 1,470 ML.

The QCA’s recommended irrigation prices to apply to the Maranoa River water supply scheme for the 2012-17 regulatory period were published in May 2012.  They are described in the Executive summary of our Final Report, which can be found below.

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.