Water for Food initiative

 

Water for Food initiative

 

Project status: In progress

Water for Food is a $40 million Royalties for Regions investment as part of the $300 million Seizing the Opportunity Agricultural initiative aimed at increasing economic growth and employment in regional Western Australia.

The Water for Food initiative is a four year interagency program, which uses new water source discoveries to enable the development of new irrigation areas and increase the size and water efficiency of existing irrigation districts.

This will assist to diversify and strengthen the State and regional economies, and it will contribute to the State goals of doubling the value of agricultural exports by 2025. 

Stage One comprises of four projects with a $15.5 million Royalties for Regions investment in the West Kimberley including:

  • Mowanjum
  • Knowsley
  • Fitzroy Valley
  • Land Tenure to encourage investment to grow agriculture

Funding is being used to develop a policy framework that smooths the way for pastoralists wanting to change parts of their lease to a more flexible investor-friendly land use tenure.

The project will identify pathways to an alternative tenure, where land use is more flexible and third party investment to fund on-farm improvements, such as new irrigation infrastructure.

The initial four West Kimberley Water for Food projects aim to stimulate irrigation on suitable land near common-user infrastructure, including all-weather roads, ports, air services and airport facilities. Each of the initial projects has an Aboriginal benefit component and offers the potential for creating sustainable jobs and training opportunities.

Stage Two with an investment of $24.5 million in Royalties for Regions was launched in February 2015 and comprises seven new projects located in the Gascoyne, South-West, Great Southern, Mid-West/Wheatbelt and Kimberley regions.

For further information, please visit the Water for Food website.