Australian Government

AUS$2m fast-tracked for healthy headwaters program


Source: Australian Government

Funding will be accelerated for irrigation planning and infrastructure in the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin, Federal Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, and Queensland Minister for Natural Resources and Water, Craig Wallace announced today.

A sum of $2 million has been fast-tracked for activities relating to Queensland's Priority Project, the Healthy HeadWaters Program, which will identify water savings and investment opportunities in on-farm irrigation technology and sustainable practices.

'The accelerated funding will contribute towards the 'District Level Irrigation Planning Project',' Senator Wong said during a visit to Goondiwindi today.

'This project will identify and appraise opportunities for improved on-farm water efficiencies across nine irrigation communities in the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin.

'The Healthy HeadWaters Program will focus on investments that will secure water supplies for the environment and irrigators by making significant improvements in water use efficiency.'

Mr Wallace said the Queensland Government and the Australian Government had reached an important agreement to accelerate this funding.

'This funding will help protect Queensland's irrigation industry through strategic investments with the focus on the development of new and innovative methods to improve water use,' Mr Wallace said.

'These strategic decisions will be made in consultation with local communities. They will play an integral role in the ongoing development and implementation of this program based on their unique knowledge of the regions.'

The Council of Australian Governments has committed more than $510 million for the Queensland Priority Projects. This funding includes $350 million for water purchasing in the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin and $160 million for the completion of the Healthy HeadWaters Program.

'This funding forms part of the Australian Government's $12.9 billion Water for the Future plan to secure the water supply for all Australians,' Senator Wong said.

'Priorities under Water for the Future are tackling climate change, securing our water supplies, using water wisely and supporting healthy rivers.'

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