Cotton growers have welcomed the announcement by the Queensland Government that previously unallocated water from the Gulf water catchment is to be made available for agriculture.
Minister for State Development & Natural Resources, Dr Anthony Lynham, announced that applications could be made for 92,500 megalitres of water from the Cloncurry and Gilbert Rivers.
Cotton Australia General Manager, Michael Murray, says the allocation gives hope that irrigated agriculture could be developed in Queensland's North.
"This announcement is a welcome one, and we appreciate the efforts of the Queensland Government to make this resource available," Mr Murray says.
"In the past, interest has been expressed in opening up Queensland's North for irrigated agriculture, including for cotton. I know many growers and processors will investigate the potential for our crop in the region, and would look forward to taking it up if it is proven to be feasible."
"Of course, investments in infrastructure would be required to make production viable, and this is something the Queensland Government should consider investigating seriously."
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