Federal backing for major water projects
Bowen Pipeline Company is behind the $160 million proposal, which could bring up to 100 gigalitres to agricultural and primary industry customers in the region every year.
“This is a concept that has been discussed since construction of the Burdekin Falls Dam 40 years ago and, given the enormous opportunity open to horticulture, agriculture and aquaculture, and the need for a reliable and secure source of water, now is the time to make it happen for the communities of the Bowen region,” Bowen Pipeline Company director Sean Brown said.
Majority owned by local growers, the group aims to break ground for the Bowen Pipeline Project in 2023.
The Bowen Pipeline Project funding was part of a $6.9 million pledge towards bringing more water supply and security in northern Queensland through the National Water Grid Fund.
Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said the remaining $1.9 million would deliver the detailed business case required for the Burdekin Haughton Water Supply Scheme Modernisation project.
“This business case will consider the viability of new or upgraded infrastructure in the scheme, which will have the potential to recover 15 to 20 gigalitres of additional water that can be allocated to local growers and farmers who can put it to great use,” Mr Christensen said.
“It could also reduce the inflows to the groundwater table by up to 3,000 megalitres a year, better protecting the quality of that precious natural resource.
“The Burdekin Haughton scheme already supplies water for irrigation customers in the lower Burdekin region, backing local businesses and farmers including those producing our famous mangoes and sugar cane.
“Abundant, reliable water makes our region tick, which is why we’re work to put in place the water infrastructure that will allow our farmers and businesses to grow into the future.”
The Australian Government’s $3.5 billion National Water Grid Fund is investing in 70 construction projects and more than 60 business cases nationwide.
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