Funds flow for Emu Swamp Dam
Emu Swamp Dam is another step closer to reality with the Queensland Government approving the transfer of $6 million for the Granite Belt Irrigation Project to help the project progress to the final construction design and tendering phase.
The $6 million will give Granite Belt Water the cash-flow to negotiate water sales contracts and finalise pre-construction including its design, technical review and construction tenders—necessary steps to determine if the project should be built.
The fast-tracked funding is part of a $13.6 million commitment from the Queensland Government, to the project that – if determined to be feasible – would help secure agricultural water supply and 700 long-term jobs that would flow from it for the region.
Granite Belt Water Chairman, Dan Hunt, said he was excited to see the critical water infrastructure project take a big step towards becoming reality.
“Increasing water security has never been more important to the Granite Belt,” he said.
“The Granite Belt Irrigation Project will deliver this increased water security and in doing so will bring economic and social benefits to the entire community, including urban water security for Stanthorpe.
“It will underpin agriculture in our nationally significant food production region, creating 700 long-term jobs and increasing the Granite Belt’s gross agricultural production by $68 million per year.”
The Granite Belt Irrigation Project, including Emu Swamp Dam, is an estimated $84 million project that would dam the Severn River and provide water to local farms, including up to an additional 273 hectares of farming land through a 117-kilometre pipe network.
Granite Belt Water is proposing to a reach a decision on the schemes construction by early 2021 or earlier if possible.
Last updated 16 April 2020