Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Power, Irrigation Studies Point to New Growth in Northern Queensland

Media Release

WT085/2014

10 June 2014

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss today welcomed the release of two studies which outline potential new irrigation and power generation opportunities in north and northwest Queensland.

The North and Northwest Queensland Sustainable Resources Feasibility Studies: The Dalrymple Scheme report was prepared by GHD for Townsville Enterprise Limited (TEL) with funding from the Australian Government.

Mr Truss said the studies investigated the feasibility of electricity generation and transmission in northern Queensland, and establishing an irrigated agriculture precinct in the Pentland/Hughenden region to support new primary industry ventures as well as processing facilities.

“These studies are a solid foundation upon which we can build on when it comes to creating new opportunities for north and northwest Queensland,” Mr Truss said.

“The report reflects the Government's focus and commitment to Northern Australia, and the economic benefits that can flow from new irrigation and power generation operations.

“It also highlights the need for ongoing discussions about how we can bring this vision to reality.

“The Report also provides valuable information about north Queensland and northern Australia more broadly.

“The report's structure will help potential investors by identifying the next steps in developing these opportunities, and I commend this report to anyone interested in the opportunities and challenges of investing in the region.”

Mr Truss said the Australian Government is compiling a White Paper on the development of Northern Australia.

“The report will be made available to the Northern Australia Task Force to help members develop their White Paper, and I look forward to continuing our close work with interest groups across the region,” he said.

Copies of the North and Northwest Queensland Sustainable Resources Feasibility Studies: The Dalrymple scheme report are available at www.townsvilleenterprise.com.au/economic-development/economic-development-projects/north-and-northwest-queensland/north-and-northwest-queensland.php