State digs deep for dams, data and reef

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

RE­GIONAL Queens­lan­ders, ex­plor­ers and the Great Bar­rier Reef are in line to ben­e­fit from the 2018-19 Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources, Mines and En­ergy bud­get.

Nat­u­ral Re­sources, Mines and En­ergy Min­is­ter Dr An­thony Lyn­ham said a to­tal of $663 mil­lion would be in­vested into Queens­land’s econ­omy, with a fo­cus on re­new­able and non-re­new­able nat­u­ral re­sources de­liv­er­ing safe, se­cure, affordable and sus­tain­able en­ergy and wa­ter.

“This in­vest­ment will pro­vide long-term ben­e­fits for Queens­land,” he said.

“For Queens­land’s re­source in­dus­try, a

$9.8 mil­lion geo­data blitz will bring to­gether ex­plo­ration geo­phys­i­cal, geo­chem­i­cal and ge­o­log­i­cal datasets.”

Head­line land man­age­ment projects in­clude $61.7 mil­lion over the next four years to help im­prove the qual­ity of the state’s land, veg­e­ta­tion, wa­ter and reef.

Of this, $19.4 mil­lion will be for im­proved wa­ter qual­ity to re­duce sed­i­ments, nu­tri­ents and pes­ti­cides flow­ing onto the Great Bar­rier Reef.

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