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    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Anthony Lynham

    Have your say on Stanbroke’s $200 million Three Rivers Irrigation Project

    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Anthony Lynham

    Friday, July 31, 2015

    Have your say on Stanbroke’s $200 million Three Rivers Irrigation Project

    Queenslanders are invited to have their say on the draft terms of reference for Stanbroke’s proposed $200 million cotton project in the Gulf.

    Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham said the release of the draft terms of reference was the first step in a rigorous environmental assessment process for the proposed project.

    “I encourage interested parties to comment during this process which will examine the potential environmental, economic and social impacts and opportunities associated with the proposed cropping and irrigation of up to 15,000 hectares of cotton about 90km south of Normanton,” Dr Lynham said.

    “The release of the draft terms of reference is just the first step in what will be a lengthy and rigorous assessment of the proposed project, with several opportunities for the community to have its say.

    “Stanbroke has estimated the project will create up to 100 construction jobs over the three years of construction and 75 operational jobs at peak production,” he said.

    Stanbroke is the largest privately-owned vertically integrated beef business in the world, with cattle on a network of properties stretching across 1.6 million ha of the Gulf. It also has processing facilities in the Lockyer Valley, from where its signature Diamantina Beef is sold globally.

    Dr Lynham said Stanbroke was seeking approval to extract a further 122,000 megalitres a year from the lower Flinders River to irrigate the cotton. This is on top of the 28,800ML they already hold.

    Submissions are open until 31 August 2015.

    “The Coordinator General will then thoroughly review the terms of reference and release the final version for the proponent to address in its environmental impact statement.”

    View the project’s draft terms of reference at:

    Make a submission:

     

    ENDS                            31 July, 2015

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