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Media and ministerial releases

Media releases and supporting resources from this calendar year can be found below.

To find Ministerial media statements from previous years, please search Ministerial media statements.

Total irrigation ban on O’Connell River system

25 August 2021

The Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water yesterday enacted a total ban on taking water for rural or irrigation purposes from the O’Connell River and tributaries.

Queensland manufacturers to reveal secrets of success

22 June 2021

Inside Advanced Manufacturing 2021 allows manufacturers the opportunity to visit select sites across Queensland and learn about the experiences and technology used in advanced manufacturing.

Rookwood Weir milestones flow as project moves into new stage

18 June 2021

Another milestone has been reached as the construction of Rookwood Weir ramps up, with the Queensland Government amending the Fitzroy Basin water plan to accommodate the project.

Queensland Government fund to boost Far North manufacturers

11 June 2021

Regional manufacturing hubs are giving opportunities to regional businesses to become advanced manufacturers, grow their business and create jobs in the community.

Funding opportunity for Great Artesian Basin bore projects

09 June 2021

Round 1 is now open for landholders to apply for funds to cap and pipe bores in the Queensland section of the Great Artesian Basin.

Help review the Mary Basin water plan

31 May 2021

Queenslanders are encouraged to have their say on the review of the Mary Basin water plan which covers parts of the Fraser Coast, Sunshine Coast and Gympie region.

Water fee waivers support drought and disaster recover

27 May 2021

More than 18,000 Queensland businesses affected by natural disasters have had their annual water licence fees waived to help them get back on their feet.

Unused water to help grow business and create jobs

26 May 2021

The Queensland Government has released a new strategy aimed at improving access to unused water allocations for irrigators.

Next steps to slashing irrigation prices unveiled

17 May 2021

Taking advantage of big cuts to the price of irrigation water will be made easy for Queensland’s irrigators through steps announced today to fulfil the Queensland Government’s $50 million election commitment.

Queensland manufacturing to get $15.5 million shot in the arm

22 April 2021

The Queensland economy’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic continues with the Queensland Government unveiling a fourth round of the highly successful Made in Queensland grants program.

Government pumps millions into Southern Downs water security

19 April 2021

The Queensland Government is investing millions to keep taps flowing in the Southern Downs with the announcement of a $20 million drought resilience package for the region.

Funding helps North Queensland manufacturers to grow

25 March 2021

Three North Queensland manufacturers will share in more than $745,000 through the Queensland Government’s Regional Manufacturing Hub Grants Program to adopt leading-edge technology and processes, help boost their business and create jobs.

More support for regional manufacturers

24 March 2021

Two new Regional Manufacturing Hubs in Mackay and on the Gold Coast will soon provide local manufacturers with expert advice and support as they look to grow their business and expand into new markets and create secure, long term local jobs.

Queensland’s Rookwood Weir keeps on giving

11 March 2021

Central Queensland’s future water security is looking even brighter with another 10,000 megalitres of water being unlocked for Rookwood Weir.

Moratorium on mountain groundwater take extended

05 March 2021

The ban on new commercial groundwater bores being drilled on Tamborine Mountain and Springbrook has been extended beyond its original March 5 expiry.

Help review the Barron water plan

01 March 2021

Far North Queenslanders are encouraged to have their say on the review of the Barron water plan in the Cairns region.

Funding in Gladstone for high-tech manufacturing and jobs

25 February 2021

Gladstone manufacturer Mecha – Engineered Mechanical Solutions has been awarded funding through the Regional Manufacturing Hubs Grants program to adopt world-leading technology and processes.

Annual update on Queensland’s bulk water opportunities

12 February 2021

The 2019-20 program update for Queensland’s bulk water opportunities statement (QBWOS) details our achievements towards bulk water security across the state.

More water available in the Granite Belt to grow business and create new jobs

02 February 2021

Farmers, tourism operators and businesses in the Granite Belt can now bid for a share of more water to expand their operations and create jobs.

$3 million to plan for new water supplies on the Southern and Darling Downs

02 February 2021

The Queensland Government has committed $3 million to undertake an in-depth water assessment that will identify long-term water supplies for communities and deliver jobs in a region of Queensland that is primed for growth.


Last updated: 30 Jul 2021