Benefits plus in Cloncurry project Dam study fires region
A PROPOSED dam on the Cloncurry River could open major agricultural and industrial opportunities for the region.
Jacobs Group ( Australia) Pty Limited has been appointed by regional development group the Mount Isa to Townsville Economic Zone ( MITEZ) to look into the feasibility of constructing the proposed Cloncurry River dam.
Cloncurry Shire Council Mayor Greg Campbell said he was excited by the study and the potential benefits of a dam.
“One of the main drivers for a major storage on the Cloncurry River is to provide sufficient, affordable water to develop an irrigated agriculture precinct, additional water for industry and water security for our communities, which is essential if we are to further develop the North,” he said.
“If the completed feasibility study indicates a dam on the Cloncurry River is viable, this will enable proponents to apply to the Commonwealth’s Water Infrastructure Fund for a contribution towards construction of the dam.”
MITEZ president David Glasson said Jacobs brought extensive experience in the delivery of similar studies for water storage facilities across Queensland and nationally.
Under Queensland Government guidelines, Jacobs will deliver a preliminary business case by November and a detailed business case by December next year.
Jacobs project manager Angus MacDonald said his team was delighted to be involved in the project.
“We will engage with key stakeholders around Cloncurry, take a forward- looking approach to the demand assessment and consider a diversity of agricultural production opportunities,” he said.
“Jacobs has also managed and delivered many large multidisciplinary studies with a focus on water infrastructure, hydrogeology, agronomy and agribusiness, along with benefits- cost analysis.”
In March last year the Northwest Queensland Water Supply Strategy Investigation was completed and its final report identified a major water storage upstream along the Cloncurry River would provide the best option for the Cloncurry and Mount Isa region.
The feasibility study will provide far greater analysis to confirm the viability and benefits of the proposal. The study is funded by the Federal Government’s National Water Infrastructure Development Fund, an initiative of the Northern Australia and Agricultural Competitiveness White Papers.