Groundwater Improvements in the Lower Burdekin
The project will help to address rising groundwater and related issues in the Lower Burdekin region in Queensland by developing a new bore field to monitor groundwater levels. The project will deliver a series of targeted efficiency upgrades to reduce seepage through irrigation channels.
Rising groundwater and soil salinity is a threat to agricultural production in the region. It also causes additional run-off which impacts sensitive downstream environments, such as the Great Barrier Reef and Ramsar wetlands at Bowling Green Bay.
This project will help ensure the long term sustainability of irrigation in the Burdekin Haughton Water Supply Scheme and minimise environmental impacts.
This project is jointly funded by the Australian Government ($12.5 million) and the Queensland Government ($13.0 million).
Australian Government funding will be provided through the National Water Grid Fund.
The project is currently in the planning stage.