Water users in the area shown have been invited to submit expressions of interest (Map: Business Queensland)
Natural Resources Minister Dr Anthony Lynham

July 31, 2020

Farmers and businesses from Crows Nest to north of Kumbia have been invited to submit expressions of interest for unallocated water in the region.

Natural Resources Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said there was a total of 1275 ML of unallocated water available in the Crows Nest-Kumbia region and the northern part of the Scenic Rim.

He said making the water available was part of the State Government’s economic response to COVID-19.

“Part of Queensland’s economic strategy is building on our traditional strengths like agriculture, as well as supporting Queensland businesses to grow,” Dr Lynham said.

“This area already produces hay, beef and a huge variety or fruit and vegetable crops, and now we want to see if there’s scope for it to get bigger.

“If there’s potential for expanded farming or even a wider range of commercial operations and more local jobs, we want to hear about it.

“Existing farmers could be interested in expanding or diversifying a crop in this already proven food bowl; there’s scope for plant nurseries or even new tourism ventures to further cement this region’s foodie credentials.”

Landholders have until Sunday, August 9, to express their interest in the additional of water.

Any additional water allocations issued will include conditions to protect the environment and existing water users.

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