1,275 megalitres up for grabs for Scenic Rim farmers
Farmers in the Scenic Rim are set to be buoyed by access to more water, with the Queensland Government making more water available to support local farms and businesses.
Following an overwhelming 60 expressions of interest a competitive tender is now open for up to 1275 megalitres of groundwater.
The response shows the economic confidence locals have in their region and that they want to grow their businesses, create jobs and support their communities.
Access to more water can translate to more crops or increased production, with the high demand for water coming from a range of businesses, local authorities and the farming community.
This includes farmers wanting to expand beef herds and vegetable fields, to businesses looking to provide additional food processing services such as packing sheds, feedlots and milking facilities to increase the Scenic Rim’s supply-chain capacity.
Local councils have also put up their hand to help keep new sporting fields and parks green in time for the upcoming summer of sport.
High-value crop farmers that include pecan, macadamia, and stone fruit growers are also keen to get a slice of the nation’s ever-growing ‘foodie economy’.
Tenders for the 1275 megalitres in Scenic Rim water licenses are now open for next 12 weeks – to 30 November and will be issued in early 2021.
The water is available to any farmer or business, regardless of the size of operation or type of water use. The water licenses will initially cover a three-year term and any development of works must be completed within this period.
Tenders will only be approved if environmental impacts and any impacts on existing water users can be safely mitigated.
To apply, and for more information on the additional Scenic Rim water available, visit: https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/mining-energy-water/water/catchments-planning/unallocated-water/crows-nest-lockyer-scenic-rim
Last updated 10 September 2020