Family plans expansion $ 200m cotton scheme
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.