Large grape and citrus operation
❝initial The 120-hectare development will generate 72 full-time jobs.
— Cameron Dick
QUEENSLAND’S independent Coordinator-General has declared Flinders Shire Council’s proposed 918-hectare irrigated agricultural development a co-ordinated project, to create jobs and drive sustainable economic activity in the region.
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said, if approved, the proposed 15 Mile Irrigated Agricultural Development Project on the banks of the Flinders River near Hughenden would create an initial 60 hectares of irrigated land for table grapes and 60-hectares of citrus crops for market.
“Declaring this project a co-ordinated project will help streamline approvals and fast-track delivery of this regionally significant project,” he said.
“This project will make a significant contribution to the regional economy, requiring an investment of up to $47 million at full development.
“Once fully operational, the initial 120-hectare development will generate 72 full-time jobs.”
The project also includes a co-use cooling, packaging and logistics facility, staff amenities and machinery and chemical storage sheds.
Ongoing approval processes will proceed.