$45.6 million approved for Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme
17 February 2018
- Up to 12GL of high security, affordable treated water supplies to be generated every year
- 3,700 full time jobs to be created under this scheme
- More than $500 million in economic activity to be generated
- Greater export opportunities for South Australian horticulture producers
The Australian Government has continued its commitment to support farmers and job creation in South Australia with $45.6 million in funding approved for the Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Barnaby Joyce said the $155.6 million Scheme would deliver up to 12GL of high security, affordable treated water supplies every year. This is a significant investment in the region's future.
“We expect the Scheme will deliver more than 3,700 full time jobs and the potential for more than $500 million in economic activity to be generated,” Mr Joyce said.
“This will give farmers in the region the ability to expand into irrigated agriculture and help broadacre and intensive greenhouse horticulture farmers grow produce such as tomatoes, capsicums, cauliflower and zucchini.
“This project will assist South Australians meet global food demands, which are set to rise by 75 per cent between 2007 and 2050. It will also allow local farmers to reap the economic dividends of this growth through expanded export opportunities.
“In 2016 the Federal Government provided $2.5 million toward a feasibility study for this project, and with this funding approved and construction set to start in the next few months, it's great to see another good story for our agricultural industry.”
Mr Joyce said the project was being funded under the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund, further delivering on the Australian Government's Agricultural Competiveness White Paper announced in July 2015.
“This $500 million Fund is helping secure Australia's water supply for the long-term, which is fundamental to attracting investment, new industries and jobs whilst helping our regional communities reach their full economic and productive potential,” he said.
“We have already made commitments to five priority projects—including McLaren Vale in South Australia and the Rookwood Weir in Queensland—with priority given to those projects that will deliver the strongest dividends for agricultural productivity and economic growth.”
For more information on the Fund visit: agriculture.gov.au/water/national/national-water-infrastructure-development-fund.