More water on the table in the west
Farmers and businesses in south and central west Queensland can bid for more water from today to expand their businesses and create jobs.
Expressions of interest are now open for 4545 megalitres of water in an area from Longreach south and west to the state borders.
This additional water offers farmers and associated agribusinesses the opportunity to expand, as well as the renewable sector who could also use this to develop geothermal generation projects.
About 3.4 million megalitres of unallocated water is reserved in water plans. The Government has been working since 2018 to identify and release unallocated water to support economic development and job creation.
The Government has this year made available more than 100,000 megalitres of additional water from the Gulf in the north the Lockyer in the south, with more releases in the pipeline.
The EOI is open across an area that includes Longreach, Boulia, Birdsville, Windorah, Eromanga through to the South Australia, Northern Territory and New South Wales borders. Areas with an existing high water take have been excluded, including areas in the Surat Basin near Dalby, Chinchilla and Roma.
Expressions of interest for additional water in the Western Great Artesian Basin opens today (17 September 2020) and close 30 November 2020.
Any additional water allocations issued will include conditions to protect the environment and existing water users.
For more information visit www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/mining-energy-water/water/catchments-planning/unallocated-water
Last updated 17 September 2020