A case study of the socio-economic impacts of water trading in Fitzroy Basin

Chiang, Mary. (2009). A case study of the socio-economic impacts of water trading in Fitzroy Basin Master's Thesis, School of Economics, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Chiang, Mary.
Thesis Title A case study of the socio-economic impacts of water trading in Fitzroy Basin
School, Centre or Institute School of Economics
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2009
Thesis type Master's Thesis
Total pages 92
Language eng
Subjects 1402 Applied Economics
Formatted abstract Since 1994, the Australian water reform policy progressed with scientifically based water planning requirements and the establishment of well defined water property rights. The separation of water entitlements from land and the establishment of trading framework and institutional support were key milestones in driving the efficient reallocation of scarce water resource. This paper examined Fitzroy Basin in Central Queensland as a case study to understand the economic and social impacts of water trading to the regional community. This study employed input-output model to measure the likely economic impacts of various levels of water trading activity in the region. Results confirmed the project's hypothesis of positive economic impact from trading water out of the low value irrigation use to high value use for mining, manufacturing and utilities sectors. This paper also looked at the relationship between water trading and regional development strategy in the Fitzroy Basin, and concludes with some guiding principles on structural adjustment policy design.
Keyword Water rights -- Queensland -- Fitzroy Basin.
Irrigation water -- Queensland -- Economic aspects.

 
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