The Upper Condamine water supply scheme is located within the flood plains of the Darling Downs, near the town of Warwick.
The scheme utilises Sandy Creek, the Condamine River and the Condamine North Branch. It is supplied by the Leslie Dam, a mass concrete gravity dam that was constructed in two stages, with the second stage in 1986 doubling the storage capacity of the dam to 106,300ML.
The scheme has a total of 100 bulk customers that use irrigation to grow a variety of crops, including cotton, sorghum, maize, soybean, sunflower, barley, oats, wheat, canary grass and lucerne.
SunWater uses a network of hydrographical gauging stations for scheduling water deliveries to irrigators.
The QCA’s recommended irrigation prices to apply to the Upper Condamine 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.