State digs deep for dams, data and reef
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.