The Lower Fitzroy water supply scheme is located near Rockhampton.
The scheme has a total of 24 bulk customers. Stanwell Corporation is the main customer with 24,002ML of water entitlements used to supply cooling water via the Stanwell Pipeline to the Stanwell Power Station.
The Stanwell Pipeline is not part of the bulk infrastructure for Lower Fitzroy water supply scheme. Irrigators hold 3,101ML of water entitlements from the Fitzroy River.
Irrigation water is used for irrigation of pastures for cattle grazing and other crops.
The scheme has only one key asset, the Eden Bann Weir, which is located on the Fitzroy River and holds up to 35,900ML.
The QCA’s recommended irrigation prices to apply to the Lower Fitzroy 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.