Submit your expression of interest or invest today in the conduct of a preliminary economic, environmental, engineering and social study for the sustainable harnessing and transfer of a fraction of monsoonal waters from North Queensland rivers to inland regions, thereby enabling:
– the development of new food and fibre production regions easing current impacts on the Murray Darling Basin,
– the supply of staple foods and fibres to a growing Australian population and emerging Asian markets,
– the economic and social renewal of communities in agricultural regions, given enhanced access to water,
– advances in research and development of new technologies, reliable peak and off-season best practice farming.
– river health and environmental water flow along Queensland rivers with surplus provision directed toward the Darling River and Murray Darling Basin
– the proofing of inland Australia against adverse cyclic climatic events ranging from severe floods to prolonged periods of drought,
– local flood mitigation solutions for communities impacted by inland rivers,
In the 1930-40’s considerable support was given to water transfer proposals by eminent engineers and communities. While these schemes presented some challenges, largely a result of under-resourced assessments, limitations in technical knowledge and political will, plus the advent of war, they were never fully investigated. Further, the proposals were presented in the context of irrigation benefits alone and not all the economic and environmental aspects applying today. We believe circumstances have changed so significantly, this comprehensive study is warranted.