Large grape and cit­rus op­er­a­tion

Central and North Rural Weekly - - COLUMN -

❝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.

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