- Additional $400,000 investment to bring new production bores online in the Carnarvon horticulture district
- Increased water supply to boost irrigated agriculture in the Gascoyne and drive regional jobs in horticulture
Horticulture production in the Gascoyne is set to expand over the coming months, as the first four of 22 new production bores come into operation to boost the water supply for irrigated agriculture.
The McGowan Government has invested an additional $400,000 to bring the initial bores online early to supply 1.9 gigalitres per year, increasing potential agriculture production in the Carnarvon horticulture district.
The four bores are part of the new northern borefield, developed by the State Government's Gascoyne Food Bowl Initiative, to increase the total water supply by four gigalitres/annum and pave the way for an additional 400 hectares of horticultural land.
A 24.5 kilometre pipeline will deliver water from the new northern borefield, supported by a reliable, efficient and cost-effective electric power supply.
Once fully operational, the new production bores will open the way to new investment in the Gascoyne, adding potentially $35 million to the value of production.
The funding will also support a sand spear trial to test water quality and the suitability of accessing water when the Gascoyne River flows.
Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"Our Government's new investment in this project will allow a phased approach to full operation of the borefield, meaning local growers can access additional water next year until the Gascoyne land release is finalised.
"The State Government is working closely with the Gascoyne Water Co-operative and local growers to identify the next steps in maximising irrigation water supply to allow the region to grow and flourish.
"There is great potential to diversify and increase production in the district and capture new domestic and export markets, which will generate new jobs in the Gascoyne and beyond."
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