Fam­ily plans ex­pan­sion $ 200m cot­ton scheme

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE - JOHN AN­DER­SEN

Flin­ders River this year. The Menegaz­zos would have to ten­der for wa­ter in the fourth quar­ter of the year. They al­ready had 30,000 me­gal­itres, but would need an ad­di­tional 132,000 me­gal­itres to make their op­er­a­tion sus­tain­able, he said.

The Gulf Wa­ter Re­sources Plan would be fi­nalised next month and the Flin­ders wa­ter al­lo­ca­tions go to ten­der soon af­ter that.

The pro­ject was a Queens­land Gov­ern­ment “co- or­di­nated Pro­ject”, Dr Lyn­ham said, the ‘‘ co- or­di­nated’’ sta­tus mean­ing the Menegaz­zos would have some help nav­i­gat­ing the ap­proval process.

There were no guar­an­tees the Menegaz­zos would be suc­cess­ful when they ten­dered for their wa­ter al­lo­ca­tion af­ter Au­gust, he said.

The al­lo­ca­tion of 132,000 me­gal­itres from the Flin­ders to this pro­ject could cre­ate headaches for other po­ten­tial users along the 1004km river.

Flin­ders Shire Coun­cil mayor Greg Jones said stud­ies had shown there was 20,000ha of ir­ri­ga­ble land in the Hugh­en­den area.

“This is big­ger than the Ord, what we’ve got at Hugh­en­den,” he said. Cr Jones said ir­ri­ga­tors would need to flood harvest into man- made hold­ing dams from the Flin­ders River.

The site of the pro­posed Three River’s cot­ton pro­ject.

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