This proposal will investigate new opportunities for small remote communities located in river catchments to the far north, to engage in water management as an industry.
The proposed food and fibre region occupying the vast black soil plains of Central Queensland already has base line infrastructure in place.
Local service rail corridors already connect the townships of Blackall, Alpha, Barcaldine, Longreach, Winton, Hughenden, Richmond, Pentland and beyond. Townsville offers an east coast port option. Kurumba provides a port option in the north-west (Gulf of Carpentaria), having previous and existing throughput for fishing, mining and live cattle export.
An upgrade to the (jet based) runway of centrally located Longreach airport would facilitate direct air-freight charter access to Asia, specifically for perishable food products.
It is anticipated the region will ultimately benefit from a national inland rail freight corridor to Darwin for express delivery of staple food and fibre products to Asian markets.