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Knowsley Agricultural Area Water Investigation

Investigating water supply options and identifying suitable land parcels on pastoral leases and unallocated Crown land near Derby in the West Kimberley.

Proposed Timeline

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  • Project commenced

    November 2014
  • Airborne Electromagnetic Survey

    October 2015
  • Agronomic study of Knowsley Agricultural Area complete

    December 2015
  • Derby Peninsula drilling program complete

    October 2016
  • Groundwater recharge study complete

    September 2017
  • Revise Allocation Plan for public comment

    March 2018
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Knowsley Agricultural Area Water Investigation

The Knowsley Agricultural Area is a parcel of unallocated crown land on the outskirts of Derby that provides the potential for future irrigation and intensive cropping. This project will identify water supply options and identify suitable land parcels within a 5000 hectare envelope for irrigated development.

Irrigated farming, including high value horticulture, will provide significant potential as a new industry opportunity for Derby and the West Kimberley region. Further dry season irrigation is dependent on defining a sustainable water supply and achieving approvals, including Native Title.

This project aims to define sustainable water supply options in the shallow and deep aquifers and evaluate the potential to source water from the May-Meda Rivers alluvium to the east of Derby and from the lower Fitzroy River alluvium to the south.

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Title Date Project Type
Knowsley Agricultural Area Land Capability Assessment and Agronomic Study 2015 Knowsley Agricultural Area Water Investigation Environmental
Water for Food brochure 2016 Bonaparte Plains - Ord East Kimberley Expansion , Knowsley Agricultural Area Water Investigation , La Grange-West Canning Basin: Groundwater for Growing Opportunities , Water Information Conversion Water for Food
Projects Summary brochure 2016 Bonaparte Plains - Ord East Kimberley Expansion , Knowsley Agricultural Area Water Investigation , La Grange-West Canning Basin: Groundwater for Growing Opportunities , Water Information Conversion Water for Food
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