Pilbara Hinterland Agricultural Development Initiative
Project status: In progress
The Pilbara Hinterland Agricultural Development Initiative investigates and develops pathways for the State Government to develop medium to large scale agriculture precincts using alternative water sources, including surplus mine dewater.
Managed by the Department of Agriculture and Food in partnership with the Pilbara Development Commission and Department of Regional Development, the $12.5million Royalties for Regions investment in the Pilbara Hinterland Agricultural Development Initiative aims to create economic diversification and investment opportunities to help the Pilbara region become more sustainable.
The initiative will address the range and complexity of barriers to irrigated agriculture and includes two irrigated pilot sites to evaluate cropping options.
Woodie Woodie on Warrawagine Station, which is licensed to discharge up to 60 gigalitres of groundwater a year, has been selected as the first pilot site to grown Sorghum to be used for biofuel in the mining industry, as well as cattle fodder.
A second site in the central Pilbara is under consideration.