Minister's foreword - Ord expansion preferred proponents selected
The State Government's Ord-East Kimberley expansion project is building momentum with the announcement of preferred proponents for two parcels of land.
Kimberley Agricultural Investment Pty Ltd and TFS Corporation have been selected for Mantinea and Ord West Bank respectively.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the successful development of 5,000 hectares of the Ord West Bank and Mantinea land was another major step in unleashing the region's potential.
"The Ord-East Kimberley expansion project is one of the most significant and exciting investments made in agriculture in this State's history, and I look forward to seeing the Ord further evolve into a world-class agricultural precinct," Mr Redman said.
"The land release will increase the size of the Ord irrigation scheme area to 35,000 hectares, and will further contribute to sustainable performance of the Ord region.
"This is another example of Royalties for Regions investment helping to build vibrant regions with strong economies."
The Minister acknowledged the continuing support of the Miriuwung Gajerrong people, whose consent to surrender native title lands under the Ord Final Agreement made the project possible.
The Ord-East Kimberley expansion project is a $517 million project, with $322.5 million invested from the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.