Ecologically sustainable irrigation developmentissues paper
Land & Water Australia. 2008. Ecologically sustainable irrigation development. [Online] (Updated July 28th, 2009)
Available at: http://lwa.gov.au/node/1153 [Accessed Monday 22nd of September 2014 06:14:20 PM ].
There has recently been significant discussion across Australia, both within the community and in federal and state governments, over the potential development of new major irrigation schemes (e.g. Australian Financial Review 1998). Some states, such as Queensland, have openly pursued a pro-development path, announcing the Water Infrastructure Planning and Development Implementation Program in 1997 (QDNR 1997a), following submissions from the community via a Water Infrastructure Task Force (QDNR 1997b). Equally, there have been calls from the community for the Queensland government to proceed more cautiously and with greater rigour (eg. Roberts 1996a, b, c).
In recognising the apparent move by some States toward new investment in irrigation infrastructure, the Land and Water Resources Research and Development Corporation (LWRRDC) commissioned the Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research (ACTFR) to prepare an issues paper on best practice, with respect to ecological issues and the development of new irrigation schemes in Australia. It was agreed that the priority area for discussion was to be biodiversity and conservation, in the context of new irrigation scheme development.
This paper is the result of 1) reviewing mainly Australian literature, the bulk of which exists as “grey material”, 2) undertaking discussions with key industry personnel, particularly in new or refurbished irrigation areas, and 3) documenting the author’s experience in the development of one of Australia’s largest and most intensive irrigation areas, the Burdekin River Irrigation Area (BRIA).
This publication is not attached to any projects.