The Granite Belt Irrigation Project will transform the Granite Belt with a reliable supply of water for our world class farmers.
Agriculture needs reliable water.
- With annual production valued at $283 million annually, agriculture underpins the Granite Belt’s employment and economy.
- Growth in agriculture is limited by reliable water. A reliable supply of water will give our innovative and progressive farmers the confidence to invest in more high-value irrigation, and enable the consistent production needed to secure long-term supply contracts domestically and internationally.
The Granite Belt Irrigation Project provides reliable water.
- The Granite Belt Irrigation Project will deliver a 12,000 megalitre (ML) dam at Emu Swamp and 117km of pipeline throughout the Granite Belt. It will deliver a yield of 3,900ML per year at 90% reliability water to approximately 51 agribusiness customers.
Reliable water will deliver sustained social and economic benefits.
- A reliable water supply will deliver sustained economic growth to the Granite Belt, and boost community wellbeing and resilience. It will create agriculture industry jobs and benefits that will be here forever.
Reliable water is being delivered without compromising environmental values.
- Many years of consultation and studies have confirmed the creation of a single central water storage facility in the Granite Belt as the most efficient and sustainable way for the community to access a portion of unallocated water (additional water in a catchment the state government has assessed can be made available without compromising the security of existing users or the environmental values).
- The GBIP aligns with key water planning strategies in the Murray Darling Basin and complies with the Queensland Water Plan.
- Environmental impacts will be transparently communicated and minimised. Environmental sustainability features are built into the project.
The Granite Belt Irrigation Project is being built to be safe, reliable and on time.
- Dam design is simple, cost-effective, and built to the highest standards
- The preliminary design for the scheme will involve a 24-metre-high rock-fill clay-core dam wall on the Severn River. The pipeline network infrastructure will include a solar array to power the pumping and will maximise gravity-fed delivery.