The Cunnamulla water supply scheme is near the town of Cunnamulla — a small town in south west Queensland, next to the Warrego River.
The Allan Tannock Weir on the Warrego River is the infrastructure for this scheme, with a storage capacity of 4,770ML. Just fewer than 30 customers use this scheme.
Grapes, citrus, cotton and fodder varieties are the main crops that are irrigated with water from the Cunnamulla water scheme.
The water scheme also provides water supply access to the town of Cunnamulla.
The QCA’s recommended irrigation prices to apply to the Cunamulla water supply scheme for the 2012–17 regulatory period are outlined in the Executive summary of our Final Report.
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.