Proserpine River

Past review
Final report

The Proserpine River water supply scheme is located near the town of Proserpine.

The scheme has 92 customers, and supplies water to the townships of Bowen, Proserpine, Airlie Beach and Midge Point.

Irrigations customers include the Kelsey Creek Water Board and the Six Mile Creek Water Board, who own distribution infrastructure, which is not operated by SunWater. Irrigation water is used predominantly for sugar.

The only bulk water infrastructure in the scheme is the Peter Faust Dam, which was completed in 1990 and has a capacity of 491,000ML.

Distribution infrastructure, such as the Kelsey Creek Pipeline and Channel, is owned by the water boards.

The QCA’s recommended irrigation prices to apply to the Proserpine 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.