Irrigators perform the vital role of producing food and fibre for the nation as well as producing significant export income.
Bundaberg Regional Irrigators Group Ltd (BRIG) has been established to represent irrigators within the Bundaberg district across a range of commodity groups including sugarcane, grain and horticulture.
- To ensure a fair and reasonable system exists for the charging of use and access to water for irrigation purposes;
- To support and encourage self-management of the Bundaberg Irrigation scheme/s;
- Develop projects and policy to ensure the efficiency, viability and sustainability of irrigators in the Bundaberg Region.
The Board and management of BRIG are all stakeholders and irrigators and have the resources, responsibility, maturity, infrastructure, ability and desire to deal with all issues that have impact upon us as irrigators in the Bundaberg Irrigation Area. Because we use the infrastructure and have done so since the inception of the scheme, we have a much better understanding of the system and how it operates than others do.
QFF represents the intensive agriculture sector, which makes a major contribution to Queensland’s state
and regional economies and employment. This sector, including sugarcane, cotton, horticulture, nursery
and garden, which uses water to generate world leading, high quality produce servicing local and world
markets. Maintaining and growing the quality and reach of this sector is dependent on these industries
Water is an all-critical input for the agricultural sector. QFF recognises that water metering is a necessity
for the fair and equitable use of a high valued resource, and that the efficient management of water use
should reduce costs to water users and suppliers, and result in sustainable management of the water
resource. However, it is also essential that the agricultural sector be able to reasonably comply with any
regulatory requirements associated with the management and measurement of water. In particular, the
cost of compliance should not result in agricultural businesses becoming non-viable.