The Federal Government will invest up to $10 million to ensure the Lakeland Irrigation Area Project in Far North Queensland is shovel ready.
The money will ensure the completion of final engineering and scoping works on the project, which aims to establish large-scale water storage in Far North Queensland.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the Coalition Government’s investment for the project would be delivered through the National Water Infrastructure Fund.
“We know that unlocking the potential of our regional communities goes hand in hand with water security,” Mr McCormack said.
“That is why we are investing up to $10 million to further progress the business case for the Lakeland Irrigation Area Project to unlock the region’s agricultural and economic potential.”
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the project would be a game changer for Far North Queensland.
He said the Coalition Government had also committed to funding the project once the engineering and scoping works had been completed.
“This project has the potential to unlock 8000 hectares of irrigated land and could create more than 1000 jobs during construction, not to mention the many local jobs that would be created with the expansion of the region’s economy.”