New water infrastructure authority established

North Queensland Water infrastructure authority

The newly-established North Queensland Water Infrastructure Authority is set to oversee the implementation of major projects to safeguard the state’s water.

The Authority aims to provide the strategic planning and coordination needed to deliver water security and boost agriculture throughout the region.

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said the move would be critical for implementing the Hughenden Irrigation Scheme and Hells Gates Dam, including Big Rocks Weir.

“The development potential of North Queensland is enormous and the Australian Government is deeply committed to delivering through our investments in major water infrastructure projects,” Mr McCormack said.

As well as $54 million for Hells Gates Dam and $182 million for the Hughenden Irrigation Scheme, the Federal Government has also committed $176 million for Rookwood Weir, $11 million for the Mareeba-Dimbulah Water Supply Scheme and $3 million for the Nogoa Mackenzie Water Supply Scheme.

“The new North Queensland Water Infrastructure Authority will be an executive agency responsible for strategic planning and progressing the business cases for both schemes,” Mr McCormack said.

“Ensuring information sharing among relevant regulatory authorities and keeping me and the Government closely informed of planning and construction works will be another key task.”

The Federal Government is investing more than $3 billion to identify and build new water infrastructure to secure water supplies across Australia.

The Liberals & Nationals Government is investing an addition $500 million into the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund, for which Expressions of Interest are open to State and Territory governments until 1 April 2019.

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