After a six-year process, the transition to Local Management Arrangements (LMA) from former Sunwater channel schemes has borne fruit, with today marking the first official day of business for Mallawa Irrigation at St George.
The LMA process shifts management of water assets from SunWater's irrigation channel scheme to management by local groups. These schemes include those located in St George, Emerald, Theodore and Eton, with three of those areas being significant for cotton production in the state. Mallawa Irrigation is the first of the groups to successfully complete the transition.
"Cotton Australia congratulates Mallawa Irrigation and its Board, under the chairmanship of Luke Stower, which has successfully navigated the scheme to Local Management,” says Cotton Australia General Manager, Michael Murray.
"We also congratulate the Queensland Government for persisting with the process through its ups and downs in the past six years."
"Cotton Australia now looks forward to the schemes at Theodore and Emerald completing their transition in the not-too-distant future."
Cotton Australia is the peak representative body for Australia’s cotton growing industry.
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