Draft Master Plan Launch released
Exciting announcements in the irrigation and food production space were the topic of discussion in Carnarvon on 7 December when Water Minister Mia Davies released the draft Gascoyne Master Plan for public comment.
Hot topics included the Minister’s announcement of a $25 million commitment from the Liberal National Government to upgrade a pipeline delivering bulk water to irrigators from the Water Corporation’s southern borefield.
The commitment to upgrade the pipeline delivering bulk water to irrigators from the precinct’s southern borefield aligns with infrastructure improvement actions identified in the draft plan.
The Minister told members of industry and local government gathered that Gascoyne Water Cooperative would also receive $300 000 from Royalties for Regions to assist in preparations for becoming the single bulk water service provider to Carnarvon irrigators.
Regional development Minister Terry Redman also announced $450 000 of Royalties for Regions over two years through the Gascoyne Development Commission to support the establishment of a peak industry organisation, which is another priority action of the draft plan.
Growers welcomed a further announcement that one gigalitre per annum more water would be made available to existing growers from the Carnarvon future town supply reserve. This decision was based on a review of water allocations set aside for Carnarvon’s future town supply, matched with growth projections, to be able to make the extra water available to boost production in the region.
The draft Gascoyne Master Plan builds on key strategic work already undertaken by the local community, including input from the Carnarvon Ministerial Advisory Committee, and was developed by the departments of Water and Agriculture and Food in consultation with the Gascoyne Development Commission and other government agencies and the Gascoyne Community Reference Group.
"It demonstrates how through targeted investment, producer innovation and more efficient use of water and land, the community and State Government can drive the region's economic growth,” Minister Davies said.
You are invited to make comments and submissions on the Draft Gascoyne Master Plan before Friday 10 February 2017.
To download the Draft Gascoyne Master Plan, please click here.
For more information go to the Gascoyne Master Plan project page.