$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.

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.

Queensland’s economic strategy for its post-COVID-19 recovery included water security and jobs, particularly in Queensland’s regions.

"Investing in an assessment that looks at water infrastructure opportunities in the Southern and Darling Downs - is the first step to giving our farmers in the southwest the water security they need to invest and grow their businesses and jobs.

"The Southern and Darling Downs water assessment will look at the financial, economic and social viability of a range of options in the region.

"Like a large part of the state, the Southern and Darling Downs region is also seeing an unprecedented drought, and this study will look at all opportunities to bring improved water security to the region, including bringing water from outside the region.

"It complements the Government’s short-to-medium-term water initiatives and recognises that bringing additional water to the region is a necessity for growth in jobs and output.

"The department will be formally reaching out to local stakeholders, including the region’s councils and the Darling Downs and Border Water Alliance, to be involved with the Southern and Darling Downs Regional Water Assessment in the near future.


Contact: Andrew Churchill
Phone: 0472 645 871

Last updated: 02 Feb 2021