Friday, March 17, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

QCA To Review Irrigation Prices

Key points:

• The Queensland Competition Authority is going to review irrigation prices for Sunwater and Seqwater

• The State Government is extending a 15% water discount for irrigators

• The review will inform prices to apply from 2025/26 to 2028/29

The State Government is encouraging irrigators to participate in the Queensland Competition Authority’s (QCA) review of irrigation water pricing.

The QCA will carefully consider the supply costs Sunwater and Seqwater recover from irrigators, to make sure these costs are reasonable, transparent and efficient.

Minister for Water Glenn Butcher said, “The independent regulator will undertake detailed review, talking to irrigators and other stakeholders so that we strike the right balance between the interests of customers and water providers.

“I encourage all Sunwater and Seqwater irrigation customers to participate in this process to help the QCA form detailed, well-informed advice on irrigation prices for the government.”

To allow time for the businesses and QCA to consult with irrigators, the Queensland Government is extending a 15% water discount to 2024/25.

“I’m happy to announce the extension of the 15% discount for irrigators for another year, to 2024/25,” the Minister said.

“Queensland is one of Australia’s major food bowls, so we owe it to our growers to ensure they’re getting a good deal, for what they contribute to the Queensland economy.

“The government will consider the QCA review, including the views of customers and stakeholders, before making a decision on prices.”

The State Government has also confirmed that as part of this process, irrigation prices are soon to be capped at the QCA’s assessed cost reflective level, often referred to as the lower bound price.

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