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 Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former 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

North Queensland Water Infrastructure Authority Established

Media Release

MM064/2019

09 March 2019

The Australian Government has established a dedicated North Queensland Water Infrastructure Authority to provide the strategic planning and coordination needed to deliver water security and boost agriculture throughout the region.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the move was critical to implementing the Hughenden Irrigation Scheme and Hells Gates Dam, including Big Rocks Weir.

“The development potential of North Queensland is enormous and the Australian Government is deeply committed to delivering through our investments in major water infrastructure projects,” Mr McCormack said.

“As well as $54 million for Hells Gates Dam and $182 million for the Hughenden Irrigation Scheme, we have also committed $176 million for Rookwood Weir, $11 million for the Mareeba-Dimbulah Water Supply Scheme and $3 million for the Nogoa Mackenzie Water Supply Scheme.

“The new North Queensland Water Infrastructure Authority will be an executive agency responsible for strategic planning and progressing the business cases for both schemes. Ensuring information sharing among relevant regulatory authorities and keeping me and the Government closely informed of planning and construction works will be another key task.

“This is yet another example of the Liberals & Nationals commitment to deliver water infrastructure North Queensland as well as all regional communities need to grow and thrive.”

The Australian Government is investing more than $3 billion to identify and build new water infrastructure to secure water supplies across Australia.

The Liberals & Nationals Government is investing an addition $500 million into the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund, for which Expressions of Interest are open to State and Territory governments until 1 April 2019.